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.”