TO BE HELD ON
20 JUNE 2007
Forward Plan Ref No:
Strategic Theme: All
Portfolio: Community Safety and
REPORT OF: CORPORATE DIRECTOR FAMILY SERVICES & CORPORATE
WARDS AFFECTED: All
1.0 SUBJECT: WEST YORKSHIRE PREVENTING VIOLENT EXTREMISM
PATHFINDER FUND PROPOSAL (PVEPF)
2.0 PURPOSE OF REPORT
2.1 To outline the key elements of the West Yorkshire proposal for the
Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund (PVEPF) and to inform CMT
about Wakefield’s projects including monitoring and delivery arrangements.
3.0 RECOMMENDATION (S)
3.1 That CMT approve the monitoring and delivery arrangements of the four
Wakefield’s projects regarding PVEPF.
3.2 That CMT note and agree to receive a future report on the work being
undertaken to review the approach to community cohesion in the district.
4.0 REASON FOR RECOMMENDATION (S)
4.1 To ensure the effective delivery of the PVEPF projects.
4.2 That the approach of the Council and its partners to cohesion meets the
new and changing demands of developing cohesive communities in the
district in line with the emerging national and regional agenda and to create
sustainable communities as set out in the districts revised Community
Strategy - Developing Knowledge Communities.
THIS REPORT AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION ARE OPEN TO
INSPECTION BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.
5.0 BACKGROUND INFORMATION
5.1 Preventing Violent Extremism Path Fund:
Following the London bombings in July 2005 and more recent events such
as the arrests in Halifax, Birmingham and Dewsbury, there has been
increasing Government focus on the issue of violent extremism. During
autumn 2006 the Secretary of State for Communities and Local
Government, Ruth Kelly, held a series of discussions with local authorities
and the police on the development of local responses to violent extremism.
Following these discussions the Association of West Yorkshire Authorities
(AWYA) Leaders sent a joint letter to Mrs Kelly outlining the West Yorkshire
In February 2007 Mrs Kelly announced that £5 million would be made
available nationally through the PVEPF to support local authorities in their
efforts to tackle violent extremism. The Communities and Local
Government Department (CLG) invited 50 local authorities, primarily from
major urban areas, to develop programmes of activity to be supported by
the new fund and as a result £550,000 has been allocated for the West
Yorkshire sub-region. CLG have asked the AWYA to plan on the basis that
further funding will be available at existing or enhanced levels in future
The guidance produced by CLG clearly emphasised that the fund is
targeted at preventing violent extremism in Muslim communities. The key
objectives for the programme as set out in the guidance are to develop a
situation in which Muslim communities:
Identify themselves as a welcome part of a wider British society and are
accepted as such by the wider community.
Reject violent extremist ideology and actively condemn violent
Isolate violent extremist activity, and support and co-operate with the
police and security services.
Develop their own capacity to deal with problems where they arise and
support diversionary activity for those at risk.
It was agreed by the AWYA Leaders however, that at the local level the
focus must not be confined to a single faith (i.e. Muslim) communities, as
this could result in pushing communities apart and undermine the wider
efforts of the local authorities to develop integrated and cohesive
communities. Also, it was recognised that the West Yorkshire authorities
have concerns stemming from the development of violent extremism
wherever it occurs and will be using other resources to tackle violent
extremism in non-Muslim communities. It was therefore, decided that this
work would be carried out through the existing wider approaches to
community cohesion although, it was recognised that the funding is
‘earmarked’ for preventing extremism work and will inevitably be used for
the intended purpose.
The activities proposed for funding through the PVEPF form part of a wider
approach to tackling violent extremism in West Yorkshire. The other
elements of this approach include:
Developing strong relationships with and between communities in order
to reduce the likelihood of extremism.
Narrowing the gap in health outcomes, educational attainment,
employment prospects and environmental quality between the most
disadvantaged individuals and communities and the rest of the sub-
Sharing intelligence on violent extremism between local authorities, the
police, further education and higher education institutions, and other
5.2 The Sub-Regional Approach:
It was agreed that a West Yorkshire wide approach be developed to tackle
and support this area of work. To this end, a project group has met to
develop the 2007/8 West Yorkshire PVE programme. The project group
comprises of representatives from the:
Five West Yorkshire local authorities
West Yorkshire Police Association (WYPA)
West Yorkshire Police Service
Association of West Yorkshire Authorities (AWYA)
Local Government Yorkshire and Humber (LGYH) and
Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber (GOYH).
Consequently, the project group tabled 3 cross sub-regional proposals
whilst all Districts submitted their individual proposals for approval to the
AWYA Leaders in March this year. Having secured their approval and
negotiations with the Government Office Yorkshire and Humber (GOYH)
the sub-regional and district-level projects for funding through the PVEPF
were further submitted to the CLG in April this year and that this has
subsequently been approved.
It has been agreed that the funding available for 2007/8 would be split
equally between 3 sub-regional projects and the 5 districts; this equates to
a total of £90,000 for the three and £90,000 for each district. It is proposed
that the remaining £10,000 be used to meet programme management
5.3 Sub-Regional Projects:
The AWYA Secretariat will take responsibility for ensuring delivery of the
three sub-regional projects . These are:
West Yorkshire Research Project. The aim of this project is to conduct
research into the causes of radicalism and violent extremism in West
Yorkshire and provide an evidence base for a sub-regional approach to
preventing extremism. The first stage of the research will be a review of
international, national and regional review of research, policy and practice
in relation to extremism. The second stage of the project will involve action
research with Muslim communities across West Yorkshire to explore
attitudes to extremism. Cost: £30,000
Awareness courses for senior managers. This project involves the
development and delivery of a training and awareness-raising programme
for key strategic stakeholders across West Yorkshire, including senior
elected members and strategic managers from the five West Yorkshire
Authorities and the West Yorkshire Police Authority. The aim of the training
programme is to increase knowledge of Muslim communities and the
dynamics within them and develop an understanding of the causes of
radicalisation and extremism. The programme will also help build effective
networks and mechanisms for sharing and responding to intelligence
relating to extremist activity. Cost: £30,000
Sub-regional consortium of Mosques. This project aims to establish a
sub-regional consortium of Mosques. This will help religious institutions to
spread the positive messages of Islam amongst Muslim communities and
voice their condemnation of violent extremism. It will also provide a
platform for interfaith dialogue and open, honest and sustained engagement
between Muslim communities, local authorities and other public sector
organisations. Cost: £30,000
5.4 District Proposals:
The district-level projects cover most of the objectives and priorities in the
CLG guidance for the PVEPF, but there is a particular focus on work with
young people, including:
Work to increase the resilience of young people to extremist messages,
including citizenship curricula and programmes, youth work with
vulnerable young people, information and resource packs, creative arts
workshops, visits to faith centres and forums within mosques.
Engaging young people to discuss and debate issues such as identity,
citizenship and extremism through film, radio and web space activities.
Work to enable young people to become active and influential in their
communities and challenge extremism.
Programmes to increase intergenerational engagement between young
and older people.
Work with universities, colleges and schools to identify the risk factors
which lead to the radicalisation of young people
5.5 Wakefield Projects:
The projects agreed for Wakefield are:
Work with BME women to tackle extremism and Islamophobia and
celebrate diversity, including focus groups and awareness sessions.
Work with young people to challenge violent extremism, including an
information/resource pack, creative arts workshops, extended
citizenship programmes, visits to faith centres, and forums within
Mosques. Cost: 30,000.
Production of a film exploring the views of young people aged 13-18 on
faith and the impact of violent extremism on their lives. Cost: £25,000.
Supporting existing and developing new community leaders by
establishing effective forums with strong governance arrangements.
5.6 Internal Arrangements for Monitoring and Delivery of the PVEPF
Chief Executive has asked Amer Bhatti to represent him at the sub-regional
forum, hence, he is co-ordinating this activity for the Council on his behalf.
In order to ensure PVEPF projects are taken forward through an effective
Council wide and partnership approach to community cohesion, locally the
work will be directed, monitored and delivered through a Project Team
established by the Corporate Cohesion Group which is chaired by the
Service Director Corporate Partnerships and Performance.
Delivery of the four projects will be managed through the same approach
adopted for the LAA Programme with Lead Officers required to establish
robust action plans and report on progress on a quarterly basis to the
Project Team. The detailed arrangements for the individual projects are:
the work with BME women will be led by the Equalities and Diversity
Service within Family Services and it is anticipated that the delivery of
the project will be through the newly established BME Women Worker’s
post and other established BME Women networks,
the work with young people to challenge violent extremism will also be
led by the Equalities and Diversity Service and delivery of this project
will be through educational establishments,
the Young Peoples Service of Family Services will lead on the
production of a film exploring the views of young people and will include
working with various young peoples groups including from the voluntary
the support to existing and developing new community leaders project
will be led by the Community Cohesion team within the Cultural
Directorate and will engage a range of inter-faith organisations
particularly through the recently established Inter Faith Forum.
5.7 The Wider Cohesion Agenda
It is important that these projects although focusing on preventing violent
extremism, contribute to the wider cohesion objectives as set out in the
revised Community Strategy.
The Council has developed with its partners an approach to cohesion that
includes a Cohesion Framework to guide and direct activities that contribute
to cohesion and this has been used to influence Service Plans in the
Council. In addition to this a range of activities that have been developed to
specifically address cohesion are included in a Council wide Cohesion Plan
agreed by CMT.
The PVEPF represents one of many new cohesion related developments
that have taken place since the Council established its approach as outlined
above. This includes the establishment of the Commission for Integration
and Cohesion and the publication of the Commissions final report on 14
These developments require the Council and its partners to review its
approach to cohesion. This work has already started and will focus on the
themes running through the revised Community Strategy in particular, place
shaping and sustainable communities. This work will be managed through
the Corporate Cohesion Group and will be the subject of a further report to
6.1 For CMT to approve the monitoring and delivery arrangements of the four
Wakefield’s projects regarding PVEPF.and note and agree to receive a
future report on the work being undertaken to review the approach to
6.2 For CMT not to agree to the delivery arrangements, and the work to review
the approach to cohesion. This would delay implementation of the
programme and establishing a revised approach that would be consistent
with the new changing agenda nationally and locally.
7.0 STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS
7.1 Delivery of the PVEPF and a revised approach to cohesion will contribute to
a range of strategic priorities and the delivery of sustainable communities
through the Community Strategy. Greater understanding of and preventing
extremism will result in avoiding further breakdown of relations and
communications between all the districts communities.
8.1 It will be important for the Council to engage with all sections of the
communities and its partners to ensure effective access to services and
satisfaction levels and in minimising the exploitation of a vulnerable group
and addressing potential community cohesion issues. Effective
engagement will be a key element of the delivery of the PVEPF projects
and the revised approach to cohesion.
9.0 CORPORATE IMPLICATIONS
9.1 The PVEPF projects will contribute to cohesive and sustainable
communities, a range of corporate objectives and the achievement of key
improvement priorities. The Council has a specific Key Improvement
Priority to review its approach to cohesion to ensure it is effective, relates to
the new and changing agenda and will contribute to developing sustainable
communities as set out in the revised Community Strategy..
Heads of Service:
Mary Dowson, Service Director – Partnerships and Performance - Culture
Cheryl Hobson, Service Director – Commissioning, Performance and Partnerships
- Family Services
Amer Bhatti, Service Manager - Equalities and Diversity Service – Family Services
Telephone No: 01924 303677
Peter Turgoose, Service Manager – Partnerships and Communities - Culture
Telephone No: 01924 306783
A West Yorkshire proposal to Communities and Local Government for the
Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund by AWYA