Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

Home Office written question – answered on 8th July 2021.

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Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns Conservative, Morley and Outwood

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to promote the Places of Worship protective security funding scheme to eligible institutions.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme is a key commitment in the Government Hate Crime Action Plan. The sixth year of the scheme opened on 4th June 2021 with a record level amount of funding- £3.5 million.

Officials are engaging heavily with faith networks, representative groups including the Independent Advisory Panel consisting of Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh representatives, as well as the police to ensure there is positive uptake of the scheme.

The scheme has been promoted through the media, online engagement events, leaflets and a short video circulated to faith stakeholders.

The application window has been extended by 2 weeks to the 16th July to enable additional Places of Worship to apply, and further online engagement events will be organised in this period to promote the scheme.

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