Foreign Office ups Stonewall funding to £1.25m

Jan 15, 2022 by

by Colin Hart, Coalition for Marriage:

The Government has been accused of propping up controversial LGBT advocacy group Stonewall following revelations that the charity received £1.25 million in taxpayer-funded grants in the past 18 months.

It is an increase of more than 67 per cent from the previous set of accounts, with the Foreign Office as the largest donor, handing over three quarters of a million pounds in 2020-21.

The news comes despite Foreign Secretary Liz Truss urging Government departments to quit Stonewall’s training programmes, including the now notorious Diversity Champions scheme.

The scheme has been hit by a string of exits recently as public bodies, including the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the BBC, Ofcom, Ofsted, Channel 4, the House of Commons, the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Health have distanced themselves from the organisation.

The exodus has resulted in the charity losing more than half a million pounds in annual income, despite the hike in public-funded grants, leading critics to argue the Government is keeping it afloat.

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