The Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) is extremely disappointed at the decision by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to discontinue its support for the Faith Minorities in Action project. The MCF is committed to creating an integrated Muslim charitable network in the UK and to building partnerships which have been a key part of its work since its inception. We reject the basis on which this funding decision has been made.
The Faith Minorities in Action project worked across six cities across England with representatives from over 10 major and minor world faiths. It had completed a consultation phase across all these faiths and had identified several barriers to integration which the project was primed to address in the coming months. The Faith Minorities in Action Project is about bringing people together to build trust between communities across the country. It is now likely that this vital work will cease on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations.
We will continue to foster cooperation and positive relationships between Muslim charities and other faith and community groups. We have responded to the DCLG to reassure them of our processes, the vital importance of the work we do, and of the Faith Minorities in Action project.
The Muslim Charities Forum is considering all options available to contest the DCLGs decision and allegations.