Schools run by members of the Islamic extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir have had their public funding suspended and will be placed under investigation after the payments were exposed by The Sunday Telegraph.
Government grants totalling £113,000 were paid last year to the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation, which runs a nursery and a primary school in Tottenham, north London and a primary in Slough, Berkshire. The grants continued this year, although no figures are available.
The foundation's lead trustee and "proprietor" of the Slough school is Yusra Hamilton, a leading member of Hizb ut-Tahrir and wife of the group's main press spokesman, Taji Mustafa.
The public money – from the Government's Early Years Fund – was paid to help run the nursery school and two Islamic primary schools where children are taught key elements of Hizb's ideology from the age of five. It was administered by the local authority, Haringey.