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Charity Commission chair says Islamic extremism is potentially its ‘most deadly’ problem

In an interview with The Sunday Times newspaper, William Shawcross also argues that the regulator needs a more sustainable funding position and stronger powers to tackle abuse

Islamic extremism is “potentially the most deadly” problem faced by the Charity Commission, although it is not its most widespread issue, according to William Shawcross, the regulator’s chair.

In an interview with The Sunday Times newspaper, published at the weekend, Shawcross said: “The problem of Islamist extremism is not the most widespread problem we face in terms of abuse of charities, but is potentially the most deadly. And it is, alas, growing.”

The commission has five investigations and 43 monitoring cases open into charities where there are suspicions related to terror. Three of these investigations and seven monitoring cases relate to charities that raise money for Syria.

Shawcross said: “I’m sure that in places like Syria and Somalia it is very, very difficult for charities always to know what the end use of their aid is, but they’ve got to be particularly vigilant.”

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