Home Office written question – answered on 17th July 2020.

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Photo of Rehman Chishti Rehman Chishti Conservative, Gillingham and Rainham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her response of 15 June 2020 to the Hon. Member for Gillingham and Rainham, Official Report, column 555, what resources have been put in place by (a) her Department and (b) her Department's various agencies to tackle the rise of right-wing extremism.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Minister of State, Home Department

Government continues to monitor all emerging evidence related to right wing extremism, including the analysis of the Extremism Analysis Unit.

We have established the Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme which brings together people across England and Wales to tackle extremism on the ground. In addition, we have created the independent Commission for Countering Extremism to listen to voices around the country and to identify new ways of responding to extremism. Since the programme’s launch in 2016 it has supported over 240 civil society organisations, in the 2019/20 funding round for BSBT 28% of groups were actively tackling far right extremism, a rise of 20% compared to the programme’s first year.

As part of our ongoing commitment to protect faith communities following the horrendous attacks in Christchurch last year, we also launched a consultation asking faith groups what else should be done to help them feel safe and confident while practicing their religion. The consultation closed on the 28 June and the responses are being evaluated.

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