Fizza Qureshi, CEO of the Migrants’ Rights Network, explains why her charity did not want to apply for funding from the Mayor of London to tackle hate crime and extremism. She writes:
“What has stopped us from applying is the inclusion of the Prevent programme as part of the application process. Prevent is the Government’s counter-extremism programme which is outsourced to the public sector to report signs of radicalisation and/or violent extremist behaviour in individuals. It disproportionately targets and stigmatises Muslim communities, and reduces trust-building and engagement with Muslim people.
The MOPAC application form advises “that you engage with the local authorities’ Prevent team/leads as part of the planning for your project prior to submitting an application, in order to gain their support for your proposal”.
It goes on to state: “If you have not engaged with the local authorities’ Prevent team/leads before submitting an application, or you have not been able to do so, please explain why, and/or what steps you have taken to try to do so.”