Laura Sharman 18 May 2016

Queen's Speech 2016: Crack down on extremists working with vulnerable groups

Queen's Speech 2016: Crack down on extremists working with vulnerable groups

Councils will be given the power to stop extremists from working with children or vulnerable people, under tough new measures unveiled today in the Queen's speech.

Under the government's Counter-Extremism Bill, the criminal records of those with convictions for terrorism will be disclosed to councils and other employers.

The Government hopes this will prevent radicals from being employed by schools or in care homes.

Under the Bill, councils will also have the power to shut down premises used to promote hatred. The Government warned it would also consider intervention if councils fail to tackle extremism in local communities.

The Queen said: 'Legislation will be introduced to prevent radicalisation, tackle extremism in all its forms, and promote community integration.'

However, concerns have already been raised about the measures, with some groups claiming the Bill could drive extremists underground.

 
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