Faith Matters

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered am ar 4 Ebrill 2024.

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Photo of Baroness Gohir Baroness Gohir Crossbench

To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the governance of the community interest company Faith Matters, which has been awarded more than £6 million in public funds for the Tell Mama project to monitor Islamophobia.

Photo of Baroness Gohir Baroness Gohir Crossbench

To ask His Majesty's Government how much in public funds has been awarded to the community interest company Faith Matters for the Tell Mama project (1) up to March 2023, and (2) from April 2023 to March 2024; and what will be the award from April 2024 to March 2025.

Photo of Baroness Gohir Baroness Gohir Crossbench

To ask His Majesty's Government, what proportion, if any, of the more than £6 million grants awarded to the community interest company Faith Matters for the Tell Mama project is from Prevent funds.

Photo of Baroness Gohir Baroness Gohir Crossbench

To ask His Majesty's Government how much of the most recent more than £1 million grant awarded to the community interest company Faith Matters for the Tell Mama project has been paid; and when, if any, are the remaining payments due to be made.

Photo of Baroness Gohir Baroness Gohir Crossbench

To ask His Majesty's Government what is the intended purpose of the most recent more than £1 million grant made to the community interest company Faith Matters for the Tell Mama project; and what is the breakdown of the expected expenditure according to the grant conditions that have been stipulated.

Photo of Baroness Gohir Baroness Gohir Crossbench

To ask His Majesty's Government what proportion of the recently awarded more than £1 million grant to the community interest company Faith Matters is for the Tell Mama project which monitors Islamophobia; what proportion is for other initiatives; and what is the purpose of those other initiatives.

Photo of Baroness Scott of Bybrook Baroness Scott of Bybrook Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has funded Tell MAMA directly with over £6 million since 2012 (funding details are provided below) to monitor and support victims of anti-Muslim hatred, through a workplan agreed via a formal Grant Funding Agreement. The funding was increased to just over £1m for the 2023/24 financial year.

Tell MAMA is a project funded with the express remit of supporting victims of anti-Muslim hatred and monitoring incidents. The department funds Tell MAMA as a project of Faith Matters directly.

Tell MAMA are subject to internal grant funding processes and due diligence checks. This is the case for all funded partners, before any funding agreement can be processed. Tell MAMA’s most significant expenses are staff related costs.

Tell MAMA’s work has been recognised internationally as a good practice model in recording and monitoring anti-Muslim hate. Tell MAMA engages regularly with DLUHC officials to monitor progress and provide feedback on issues affecting Muslim communities and our response to anti-Muslim hatred.

Please see a formal breakdown of funding for Tell MAMA over the last 10 years:

Financial year

Funding amount

2011/12

£91,567

2012/13

£223,517

2013/14

£80,457

2014/15

£0

2015/16

£181,982

2016/17

£503,620

2017/18

£829,226

2018/19

£892,151

2019/20

£841,000

2020/21

£841,000

2021/22

£841,000

2022/23

£841,000

2023/24

£1,001,230

Total

£6,166,520

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