RUTH Kelly has urged councils across the country to step up their efforts to work in partnership with Muslim communities to tackle extremism.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government met chief executives of local authorities as well as Police and Government office representatives in central London yesterday and told the meeting that extremism is not just a problem for Muslim communities.
Kirklees Council chief executive Rob Vincent was among delegates at the meeting - the first in a long-term series.
Ms Kelly said: "Extremism is not just a problem for Muslim communities it is an issue for all of us and we must all play our part in responding.
"The Government is absolutely committed to working with those Muslim organisations demonstrating a genuine commitment to tackling extremism. We will provide them more support."
* Education programmes which promote shared values like a rejection of violence;
* Events that open up Mosques to other communities to promote wider understanding;
* Diversionary programmes to divert young people from the threat of radicalisation.