London – UK, 22 December 2016. Sikh Council UK today welcomed the visit by Home Secretary, Rt Honourable Amber Rudd MP to Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Southall.
She heard about work underway to bring the community together to beat hatred as she met representatives from the Gurdwara Sahib, local charities and the Sikh Council UK.
Secretary General of Sikh Council UK, Gurmel Singh said, “I welcome this visit and was particularly pleased that we had the opportunity to discuss numerous items that are important to the Sikh Community directly with the Home Secretary”.
He added, “Amongst issues discussed were hate crime monitoring, harassment faced at airports, procedures surrounding Granthi visas and registration, funding made available by Government for faith communities and buildings and the important role faith plays in the UK”.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said “The Sikh community plays an important role in the diverse Britain that works for everyone and I was delighted to visit the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara and hear about the important work taking place to unite the community”.
Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara plays an important role in the government’s Near Neighbours programme, which brings together people from different faiths and backgrounds in diverse areas so they can work together to improve their communities.