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Prevent strategy to be ramped up despite 'big brother' concerns
The government's controversial Prevent counter-radicalisation strategy is to be toughened rather than scaled back despite criticism that it is a toxic brand and a "big brother" security operation among Britain's Muslim communities.
The Home Office confirmed that a secret Whitehall internal review of Prevent, ordered earlier this year by Theresa May when she was home secretary, has concluded that the programme "should be strengthened, not undermined" and has put forward 12 suggestions on how to reinforce it.
The overhaul of the programme is to be detailed as part of the government's wider reworking of its counter-terrorism strategy, known as Contest, that is to be published before the end of the year. Ministers believe that Prevent is working and is safeguarding people from being drawn into terrorism.
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