MCF’s response to allegations in The Daily Telegraph 23/09/2014
Tuesday 23rd September 2014
The Muslim Charities Forum is shocked and dismayed at the allegations contained in The Daily Telegraph article ‘Government donation to Muslim Charities Forum denounced as “madness” (23 September 2014).
We would like to clarify that the funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) was a grant and not – as wrongly described – a ‘donation’ to the Muslim Charities Forum. As the DCLG has already stated, this funding “actively encourages integration, by promoting inter-faith work, promoting the role of women in faith, tackling youth crime and providing training in child protection”. Through this project, we are promoting pluralism, integration and better community relations, and also working to reduce youth crime.
We would also like to reiterate what we said in our initial comments to the newspaper: no MCF member has a political purpose or is involved in political work.
All MCF members are registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales, and by default abide by charity law. They also comply with international humanitarian standards and principles and in accordance with this they are signatories to the International Code of Conduct of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. They are purely humanitarian organisations, dedicated to alleviating poverty and promoting sustainable development around the world.