Government counter-extremism plans revealed in leaked papers

The Government should be "more assertive" in challenging extremism, a leaked Home Office document reportedly warns.

The as-yet unpublished counter-extremism strategy includes calls for a review into the operation of Sharia courts, a ban on radicals working unsupervised with young children and changes to rules granting citizenship to ensure people embrace "British values", the Sunday Telegraph reports.

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Home Office preparing measures to tackle extremism

The Home Office is preparing a series of measures to tackle the spread of extremism, it has been revealed today.

In a leaked copy of the as-yet unpublished counter-extremism strategy details of plans to bring into place requirements for immigrants to "commit to British values" or face financial penalties, and to place a ban on extremists working with children without supervision, have been outlined.

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Extremism plans 'will tackle behaviour which divides communities'

The strategy in a leaked Home Office document to tackle extremism looks at the wider issue of radical preachers and those who encourage individuals to hold extremist views, the paper says, with a focus not just on terrorism but on behaviour which can cause division and damage to communities.

The document reportedly states that "in the past, there has been a risk that the Government sends an ambivalent and dangerous message - that it doesn't really matter if you don't believe in democracy".

We need to stand up and be more assertive in promoting our values and challenging the extremists who fundamentally oppose them.

This will include explaining our foreign policy (and) promoting mainstream voices supporting the quiet majority in all communities who oppose extremism.

In other measures job centre employees would be required to identify claimants who could be vulnerable to radicalisation as well as a penalties scheme to make people on benefits learn English.

UK should be 'more assertive' in challenging extremism

The Government should be "more assertive" in challenging extremism, a leaked Home Office document reportedly warns.

UK should be 'more assertive' in challenging extremism Credit: Jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

The as-yet unpublished counter-extremism strategy includes calls for a review into the operation of Sharia courts, a ban on radicals working unsupervised with young children and changes to rules granting citizenship to ensure people embrace "British values", the Sunday Telegraph reports.

It is believed the new guidelines could be implemented before Parliament is dissolved ahead of the general election.

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