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Blears outlines plans to combat extremism

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Communities secretary Hazel Blears today set out plans to invest£70m in the Muslim community to combat extremism.

In a speech today she outlined a "step-change" in the support available to councils with their community partners.

  • £45m will be available over the next three years - doubling existing funding levels by 2008-09 and tripling them by 2010-11

  • This will enable a broadening and deepening of work already underway across 70 local authority areas

"There is whole range of projects to be supported, many of them in the communities that particularly have got problems around extremism," Ms Blears said.

"I am really keen to see how we can support young people and women coming together and having a stronger voice.

"Women are a huge influence in the family. Women very often will see the first signs [of extremism]."

She added: "Some of the projects for example in Bradford, they are doing citizenship education in the mosque schools talking about what it means to be a Muslim in Britain today, making sure they have got a proper understanding of their faith, and also talking about issues around extremism."

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