The Government gave more than half a million pounds of taxpayers' cash to a controversial Islamic group, it has been revealed.The Department of Communities and Local Government handed the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and related groups £550,985 over three years.
In March 2009 the Government suspended links with the MCB and demanded one of its leaders should be sacked for allegedly supporting violence against Israel.
In a written Parliamentary answer tonight, the coalition detailed its grants to the MCB and linked organisations.
It said £174,000 was given to improve mosques, £167,000 went to the Nottingham-based Karimia Institute for "youth leadership training", and £25,000 was awarded to Young Muslims UK to "promote talent.
The Department also paid the MCB £2,500 for a table at the Council leadership dinner and gave £157,000 to Muslim Youth Helpline to "build their capacity to extend the reach of their support services to vulnerable young people".
Explaining the grants, junior communities minister Andrew Stunell (pictured) said: "The Muslim Council of Britain has a large and wide-ranging national membership of organisations affiliated to it."