Campaign group receives a lifeline from ethnic body

Ethnic minority body CEMVO has stepped in to save a controversial organisation which believes it has become a victim of a clampdown on the funding of minority organisations by the Community Fund.

The Communities Empowerment Network, which advises parents challenging school exclusions, has been ordered to pay back a £200,000 Community Fund grant and denied further funding.

But CEMVO has offered the network rent-free accommodation at its London head office and will pay its director, Gerry German.

He says the fund has been intimidated into targeting "groups whose activities benefit people from black communities which are otherwise isolated, marginalised or discriminated against".

But the fund insists the group was ineligible for a grant because its constitution was not focused on a specific need.

- See CEMVO story, p7.

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