Luton and Leeds councils are co-chairing a local authority network across England and Wales to provide support, and develop and share good practice, on countering extremism.
The Special Interest Group on Countering Extremism (SIGCE) is a local authority network chaired by Leeds and Luton councils and funded by the LGA, which provides support to councils and partners on countering extremism.
Since January 2018 the SIGCE has worked with local authorities across England and Wales to tackle extremism and promote cohesion, bringing councils and partners together through seminars, roundtables, regional councillor networks and an online platform to build an understanding of activists and ideology, and develop and share practice around disrupting activity, engaging communities and fostering resilience.
Councils play a vital role in responding to extremism and the SIGCE provides a vehicle for councils to learn from each other’s experiences in tackling difficult and sensitive issues and assisting one another in responding to local challenges.
The SIGCE is keen to hear from councils to grow the network further and is encouraging local authorities to get involved by signing up to the SIGCE Knowledge Hub or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.