A borough where one if four people do not speak English as their first language has been given a £1 million grant to boost community cohesion.

Waltham Forest Council will receive the money to fund language classes and events to bring newcomers and long-term residents together.

It will also see on-the-spot checks of restaurants and construction sites made in an effort to combat employers who area in breach of immigration laws.

The grant will also be used to take action against rogue landlords who prey on vulnerable immigrants and support those sleeping rough.

The grant from the Government’s Controlling Migration Fund is the highest awarded in London to date.

Council leader Clare Coghill said: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure this money from central Government.

“Making new people arriving in our borough welcome is both fair and right – but at the same time it is important that we keep our residents informed and address any concerns they may have about the impact of immigration on public services and community safety.

“Taking action to protect the weakest and most vulnerable in society benefits every member of the community.

“Involving new people arriving in Waltham Forest in the lives of their new neighbours is the best way to break down cultural barriers and give them the best chance of success in healthy, happy and strong communities.”