The government, this month, published a whitepaper in which provision for making available Sharia-compliant student loans is outlined. This has been an area of great concern for Muslim students and their families since the introduction of university tuition fees under the Labour government nearly fifteen years ago.
Under John Reid as Home Secretary, the Home Office was re-organised – he famously described it as being unfit for purpose. The office for Security and Counter-Terrorism was set up to take control of all counter-terrorism policy in government. Charles Farr was drafted in to lead this policy and with Gordon Brown as Prime Minister and Charles Farr as head of OSCT, there was considerable engagement with British Muslim communities.