Almost £1m of unspent funding for counterextremism work has been handed back to the government by the Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE) as sources say “no one knows” what the commission does.
This is despite a warning that “the risk from terrorism is rising”, according to The Independent.
Since current commissioner Robin Simcox took the helm in 2021, the CCE has published no new research or scrutiny of government policy, despite home secretary Suella Braverman warning last month that the threat to Britain is rising as attackers become “increasingly unpredictable” and harder to detect.
Shadow security minister Holly Lynch said tackling extremism “should be a top priority for this government”.
“It is crucial that the commission is open and transparent about the work it undertakes and must demonstrate that it is upholding its obligations to provide impartial, expert advice and scrutiny,” she added. “These findings pose serious questions for the home secretary.”
Analysis by The Independent shows that the CCE has returned £980,000 of its budget to the Home Office in two years.
Read more in The Independent.