Government’s anti-radicalisation Prevent to be reviewed over fears it has become ‘Big Brother’

Flagship strategy to fight radicalisation is to be reviewed after the Government bowed to pressure to address fears it has become a ‘Big Brother’ spying operation.

Security minister Ben Wallace yesterday unveiled the independent study into the Prevent programme, which aims to stop vulnerable people being lured into extremism.

He said the time was ‘now right’ to scrutinise the £40million-a-year scheme which was set up in the wake of the July 7 bombings in 2005.

Even though ministers, police and security services insist it is crucial in the fight against terrorism, it has been criticised, especially by hardline Muslim groups, as having a toxic impact on communities.

Security minister Ben Wallace yesterday unveiled the independent study into the Prevent programme, which aims to stop vulnerable people being lured into extremism

Security minister Ben Wallace yesterday unveiled the independent study into the Prevent programme, which aims to stop vulnerable people being lured into extremism

Security minister Ben Wallace yesterday unveiled the independent study into the Prevent programme, which aims to stop vulnerable people being lured into extremism

Schools, health staff, social workers, faith institutions and families are among those with a duty to report concerns about an individual.

The announcement will be seen as a U-turn after Home Secretary Sajid Javid last year defended the scheme.

But Mr Wallace accepted an amendment to the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill, passed by the House of Lords, that promised to review Prevent. It will be published within 18 months.

He said figures published annually by the Home Office ‘clearly show Prevent is not about singling out any particular group or ideology’.

He added: ‘This review should expect those critics of Prevent, who often use distortions and spin, to produce solid evidence of their allegations.’

The announcement will be seen as a U-turn after Home Secretary Sajid Javid last year defended the scheme

The announcement will be seen as a U-turn after Home Secretary Sajid Javid last year defended the scheme

The announcement will be seen as a U-turn after Home Secretary Sajid Javid last year defended the scheme

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