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Tower Hamlets counters anti-terror cash claim

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Tower Hamlets LBC has hit back after the Taxpayers’ Alliance raised questions over the allocation of government money to fund anti-terrorism work.

The alliance alleged that of £38,000 initially handed over to the Cordoba Foundation in 2007-08, the council had recovered only £4,000 despite ministers saying the council had terminated its agreement with the organisation.

The figure was singled out as part of £12m of spending which the alliance said had not been properly scrutinised by government.

A council spokeswoman said the foundation had been contracted to run two £19,000 schemes under the government’s Preventing Violent Extremism pathfinder fund.

The first went ahead but the agreement with the foundation was ended when it was unwilling to cancel a debate in the second scheme, about which the council had unspecified concerns.

The spokeswoman said: “£15,000 was paid for the completed Muslim Debating Society work, with the £4,000 difference reflecting the cost of the debate which the council would not support.

“Lessons learnt from the Pathfinder year have been used to inform our current work.”

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