“These are the values we should live by, these are the values civil servants hold dear and against these values the Tories are falling woefully short.” Dame Louise’s report warned the country was becoming more divided as it became more diverse and highlighted that in some communities women were the subject of “abuse and unequal treatment of women enacted in the name of cultural or religious values”.In her report she acknowledged that elements would be “hard to read”, particularly for Muslim communities which already felt under pressure, but she said the country had to face up to “uncomfortable” problems.The review recommended that schoolchildren should be taught “British values” of tolerance, democracy and respect to help bind communities together amid growing “ethnic segregation”.The review was originally commissioned by then prime minister David Cameron in 2015 as part of a wider strategy to tackle the “poison” of Islamic extremism.It found that while Britain had benefited hugely from immigration and the increased ethnic and religious diversity it had brought, there had not been sufficient emphasis on integration. Demonstrators from Muslims Against Crusaders protest against democracy outside the US Embassy in London in 2011Credit:Eddie Mulholland /The Telegraph “We should be talking about the universal values that unite us, not using nationalistic terms that exclude people.”A spokesman for the Public and Commercial Services Union declined to say if it would encourage civil servants also to take the oath.He said: “To us, British values mean investing in our communities and our public services to make society more cohesive and to support everyone who needs help.“They mean not pitting neighbour against neighbour, the young against the old, the sick and disabled against those in work. Every public office-holder may have to swear an oath of allegiance to British values, Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, has signalled.The loyalty pledge would be expected to cover elected officials, civil servants, and council workers.However Labour frontbenchers attacked the idea and civil service trade unions declined to say if they would encourage their members to agree to the oath.Mr Javid’s proposal comes in response to a report on social cohesion by Dame Louise Casey, which warned some sections of society did not accept British values such as tolerance. He said he was “drawn” to Dame Louise’s recommendation to bring in an oath of allegiance for holders of public office because it was impossible for people to play a “positive role” in public life unless they accepted basic values like democracy and equality. Mr Javid said: “If we are going to challenge such attitudes, civic and political leaders have to lead by example. “We can’t expect new arrivals to embrace British values if those of us who are already here don’t do so ourselves, and such an oath would go a long way to making that happen.” Mr Javid said his aim was not to create a “government-approved one size fits all identity” where everybody listens to the Last Night of the Proms, but “without common building blocks of our society, you’ll struggle to play a positive role in British life”. The oath could include phrases such as “tolerating the views of others even if you disagree with them”, as well as “believing in freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from abuse … a belief in equality, democracy, and the democratic process” and “respect for the law, even if you think the law is an ass”. Mr Javid also wants all migrants to swear an oath of allegiance, not just those seeking UK citizenship,he told The Sunday Times.Former chancellor George Osborne hailed the idea as a “great initiative”, and ex-culture secretary John Whittingdale also said he supported the oath. But Labour’s shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said the move would not combat radicalisation. She told Sky News: “I have nothing against it in principle, but it will not make a difference to the problems of radicalisation, or integration. “I don’t think the oath will make any verifiable difference.” Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Lord Brian Paddick said: “Forcing public servants to swear an oath to British values would be both superficial and divisive. Dame Louise CaseyCredit:Geoff Pugh We need more effort to be put into integration policies to help communities cope with the pace and scale of immigration and population change in recent yearsDame Louise Casey Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.