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Community Relations

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made by the Improvement and Development Agency on the establishment of a group of accredited peers from local government and the voluntary sector on preventing extremism. (181187)

[holding answer 22 January 2008]: By early February 2008, the Improvement and Development Agency will have accredited approximately 30 peers to work with local authorities on the Preventing Violent Extremism agenda. The peers are a mix of local politicians and cabinet members with responsibility for preventing extremism; senior local government officers; and senior members from the voluntary sector. A schedule of pilot visits to local authorities is being planned for spring 2008.