Places of worship protected security funding: Government statement
7 May 2019 (updated on 7 May 2019)
The Home Secretary has made a statement on places of worship protected security funding.
The Government announced increased funding in March for the places of worship fund, including a £5m fund to provide security training. Established in 2016, the places of worship fund aims to help fight hate crime, and provide support and equipment so places of worship can operate safely.
Addressing MPs, Sajid Javid said;
"There can be no doubt that people have been targeted because of their religion [...] no one should be targeted because of what they believe. Everyone of every faith deserves the right to observe their religion without fear."
Responding for the Opposition, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott welcomed the Home Secretary's statement but wanted assurance that the funding was being allocated appropriately.
- Watch Parliament TV: statement on places of worship protected security funding.
- Read Commons Hansard: statement on places of worship protected security funding.
- Read the Government's written statement announcing increased funding.