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Passion Islam I October 2009 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 3
Rochdale Council refuses to
disclose PVE funded groups
A new report issued by the Tax payer’s Information on spending, by citing that a product of Western Foreign policy.
alliance has singled out Rochdale there would be ‘Commercial Detriment to Therefore it is International politics
Council, after it refused to disclose key a Third Party’. An appeal was submitted and agendas of nations and not the re-
information on how the Prevention for to provide the reasoning behind the defining of Islam in Europe which needs
Violent Extremism (PVE) money had decision in early May 2009. There has to be addressed.
been distributed in Rochdale. been no response since despite contact Muslims in Rochdale have challenged
The Tax payer’s alliance, an being made on several occasions. these plans when information was
independent body who research where In 2007/08, qualifying Councils leaked early 2008 that Rochdale was
tax payers money is being spent received money through the ‘Pathfinder’ allocated £100,000 of PVE money.
by the government, rubbished the fund, and each local authority was then In community meetings, local Muslim
Government “Prevent” strategy representatives and leaders
which was designed to tackle objected to the plans citing
‘radicalisation’ as part of efforts in them as counter productive and
its counter terrorism strategy. The non-conducive to community
Government promised £45 million relations in the borough and that
to local authorities over three an atmosphere of suspicion and
years as PVE grants, allocated to spying was being promoted.
those Councils with Muslim populations able to devise its own plan for how to The issuing of this report may have
of more than 5 per cent use the money of which £12 million has bought embarrassment to some Muslim
The new report by the Taxpayers’ so far been given out by local authorities groups and Mosques receiving PVE
Alliance used the Freedom of Information to fund community groups through who had initially been in denial about
requests to compile the data, listing all Prevent projects. government funding and had aired they
the organisations that had received However, the Prevent strategy since were independent organisations with
PVE (Prevention of Violent Extremism) its inception has been hugely questioned their own agendas.
funding in the last two years by their by the Muslim Community who are the Who these organisations are in
local councils. key target of these plans. Many have Rochdale is still yet to be disclosed.
Rochdale Council was the only argued that Terrorism has no religion
council who refused to release the and attacks in Western countries are By Majed Iqbal
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