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Passion Islam I November 2008 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 3
Terror Intelligence?
Important anti-terrorism information has the failure to share counter-terrorism not entrusted with security information
been kept from two thirds of police and intelligence is hampering the Pathfinder which affected their ability to identify
council chiefs, according to an official programme. Councils were given finds vulnerable people and communities.
leaked report. It contains the results of to pay for projects designed to increase A spokeswoman for the Department
an inquiry into the £86m government contacts between different ethnic and faith for Communities and Local Government
Pathfinder scheme tackling extremism. communities and prevent young people said the report highlighted “excellent work”
The scheme provides funds to from joining extremist organisations. and suggested local communities were
councils for specific projects designed to But the report warns there is a lack becoming more confident about tackling
steer people away from militant groups. of trust between the authorities. Seventy the issue. There are lessons for all of us,
Communities secretary Hazel Blears said councils have received £6m in pathfinder central and local government, police and
it was essential communication between funding since the scheme was launched in security services and community groups
the various authorities improved. April 2007. A further £45m is expected to and this report will help us learn them,
The report, entitled Preventing Violent be spent on expanding the programme in steps had already been taken to address
Extremism: Learning and Development the next three years. The report examines some of the issues raised in the report.
Exercises, was commissioned by Mrs the progress of the scheme in 14 areas, Passion Islam has learnt from local
Blears earlier this year. The research including many that have experienced the groups within London and West Yorkshire
was carried out by the Audit Commission impact of violent extremism first-hand. money given by the government to the
and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of According to the report, just one-third council has not been used properly and
Constabulary. It was leaked to the of the chief executives and local police many groups and individuals are not
Guardian and published. commanders who were interviewed did benefiting from the Preventing violent
The document, which was due to not have access to, or were not briefed on, extremism funding, the money is not
be released on next week, suggests terrorism data in their area. Two thirds were addressing the issue of extremism.
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The local contact for
is not acceptable in all cases
the scheme is Mr Liaqat Ali,
and the coroner will advise
Specialists in: AGAINST
chairman of the Islamic Centre
in Bury.
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