| ||After extensive efforts from some journalists, MPs and even the co-founder Maajid Nawaz himself, to persuade the government to grant the Quilliam Foundation ‘transitional funds’ following the announcement that their government funding was to be cut, the Home Office has reportedly offered £40,000 to the group – well short of the £150,000 that was originally sought after during a parliamentary debate on Quilliam’s funding.|
Local newspaper, the Echo (for which Nawaz was a former paperboy), quotes Nawaz on the impact of this news: “‘It looks like we only have a couple of days left. It’s unreasonable for the Home Office to expect us to make the transition to private funding in two months. I’m determined to fight for it.’
“Mr Nawaz said the £40,000 offered would only provide his salary and rent for three months and force him to sack all his staff.”
During the parliamentary debate, Damian Green MP argued, “…Quilliam was funded by Government …to work in and with Muslim communities to challenge the ideology of terrorism and extremism. In some cases, that has not been done as successfully as Ministers originally hoped.”
“The principle we want to uphold is that Quilliam should be free to contribute to the wider debate, but not depend on Government funding to do so.”
Indeed, Quilliam’s smear tactics have only served to discredit the Home Office and Foreign Office for their funding the organisation and worsen relations between government and Muslim communities.
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