The Department for Communities & Local Government is to lose its responsibility for tackling extremism, the home secretary has told the Conservative Party conference.
Theresa May used her keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference to tell public bodies that they must promote British values as part of a wide-ranging revamp of the government strategy to tackle extremism.
State-funded organisations, including local authorities and schools, will be subject to new vetting procedures to prevent extremists being appointed to positions of authority, according to press reports.
The home secretary also announced that her department will take responsibility across the government for the new counter-extremism strategy.
Responsibility for efforts to tackle the issue is currently shared with the Department for Communities & Local Government.
The Home Office will create a central hub of knowledge and expertise to advise other departments, the public sector and wider society about the risks of extremism, particularly of infiltration, according to the BBC.
May also said that the new strategy would adress all forms of extremism and not just its Islamic varieites.
She said the revamped Prevent strategy was designed to “undermine and eliminate extremism in all its forms - neo-Nazism and other forms of extremism as well as Islamist extremism.”
And it would go beyond Prevent’s current focus on the “hard end of the extremism spectrum”, she said, aiming “to build up society to identify extremism, confront it, challenge it and defeat it.”
May also reveaedl proposals for new gagging orders on extremist individuals.