The subsequent publicity generated by the revelations in the Sunday Times last week that the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation, which runs 4 schools in Haringey, North London and Slough, was a front for the extremist Islamist colective Hizb ut-Tahrir, has resulted in the council suspending funding to the ISF, as Andrew Gilligan reveals:
Government grants totalling £113,000 were paid last year to the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation…
The public money – from the Government’s Early Years Fund – was paid to help run the nursery school [sic] and two Islamic primary schools where children are taught key elements of Hizb’s ideology from the age of five. It was administered by the local authority, Haringey.
In a statement, the Home Office said: “Haringey Council has decided to suspend its allocation of Early Years Funding, to the schools concerned, pending an investigation.”
This is certainly good news, though whether the suspension will be permanent or the initial funds recouped remains to be seen.