Prevent extremism strategy ‘stigmatising’, warn MPs

The government’s strategy to prevent violent extremism has stigmatised and alienated Muslims it wants to work with, a committee of MPs has warned.

The communities and local government committee said the Prevent programme was backfiring and it was difficult to know what good it was doing.

Millions have been spent on projects aimed at countering al-Qaeda’s threat.

The Department for Communities said it was disappointed the report had not recognised important reforms.

The Prevent programme is a key part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy.

Local authorities hand out funding to local groups they think are best placed to combat al-Qaeda-inspired violent extremism.

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