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Mayor Biggs welcomes increased funding for the Places of Worship Fund

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has welcomed the announcement from the Home Office that the Places of Worship Protective Security Fund will receive additional funding to help protect places of worship.

The Mayor wrote to the Home Secretary to call for the Fund to be reopened in the aftermath of the terror attack in New Zealand. The Fund provides financial support for physical protective security for places of worship.

Last year, the council supported local faith groups to bid for funding from the scheme, which led to two mosques in the borough being awarded funding for enhanced security measures.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: “Tower Hamlets has long faced threats from the far-right and we know the danger that far-right extremism can pose. Sadly Christchurch was the latest in a series of attacks on places of worship and we know many people are deeply concerned about the possibility of similar attacks here in Tower Hamlets.

“I welcome the announcement that more funding will be made available to boost security around places of worship and as a council we will support local faith groups to bid for this money. It is absolutely right that extra resource is made available to keep worshippers safe, particularly given how overstretched the police are.”