£1.3m Whitehall cash to fight East End extremism
PUBLISHED: 12:12 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:35 05 October 2010
TOWN Hall bosses are being given hard cash from Whitehall to help tackle violent extremism being promoted in London's East End. The £1.3 million has been allocated to help Tower Hamlets council deal with extremism and get disparate communities back into mainstream society
TOWN Hall bosses are being given hard cash from Whitehall to help tackle violent extremism being promoted in London’s East End.
The £1.3 million has been allocated over the next three years to help Tower Hamlets council deal with extremism and get disparate communities back into mainstream society.
Now they are looking for proposals from voluntary and community groups to run projects to build One Tower Hamlets’—an idea which ahs emerged from a series of public meetings which began last week.
The first consultation for the development of the East End’s new Community Plan for an integrated single community was held on Wednesday at the London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel.
The authority is keen to jump on board the Government’s Prevent’ agenda, which aims to promote cohesive communities and tackle violent extremism in deprived inner city areas like the East End.
Community groups are being told by Tower Hamlets council how to bid for the cash if they can show how they would contribute to the five objectives laid out in the Government programme.
The five principles are:
—Disrupting those who promote violent extremism
—Backing vulnerable groups and individuals
—Supporting mainstream’ voices
—Building community cohesion and
—Addressing real grievances effectively.
The projects need to focus on youngsters and women, the Town Hall insists.
They also need to show how they would bring different communities together to help develop what Town Hall moguls have termed One Tower Hamlets.’
A Prevent Programme manager has been appointed, Assan Ali, to coordinate the campaign.