£12,000 grant - Golden Hillock Islamic Funeral Service

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

On 17th February 1999, Evening Mail mentioned that the Golden Hillock Islamic Funeral Service based on Golden Hillock Rd, Small Heath, Birmingham would be receiving a £12,000 grant under an equal opportunities policy

Can you please give me the full details of that grant please

Yours faithfully,
Adnan Khan

Birmingham City Council

 
 
 
 
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Dear Adnan Khan
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 8 February
2024.
 
"On 17th February 1999, Evening Mail mentioned that the Golden Hillock
Islamic Funeral Service based on Golden Hillock Rd, Small Heath,
Birmingham would be receiving a £12,000 grant under an equal opportunities
policy

Can you please give me the full details of that grant please."
 
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Dear Adnan Khan, 
 
With regards to your request, we can confirm that Birmingham City Council
do not have any records of such Grant and that the only information found
on this is what you may have already researched yourself on the internet.
 

[1]https://artsweb.cal.bham.ac.uk/bmms/1999...

 

"Mosques & Burials

Birmingham burials

A new funeral service for Birmingham Muslims has been given a £12,000
grant from the council. But it has been criticised as being an unnecessary
expense. Deputy Tory leader John Alden, said: "Existing funeral services
in Birmingham are perfectly able and already do provide services tailored
for all religions, including Muslims. I see no reason why this grant of
taxpayers' money should be given. If an exclusively Muslim funeral service
has the potential to be a money-spinner as is claimed, then the people
operating the business should raise their start up finance themselves in
the same way as other entrepreneurs." Thousands of pounds have already
been spent on feasibility studies, capital funding and development work
for the business, currently operated on a voluntary basis linked to the
Golden Hillock Rd mosque. Javed Akhtar, director of the Golden Hillock
Islamic Funeral Service, said: "As a dedicated service we know exactly
what is needed for a Muslim service. There are specific requirements for a
Muslim funeral service and many people have asked us to provide something
for this area. We move the deceased person as a life, which is exactly as
our faith tells us to. Other funeral services do not offer such a
respectful service." A council spokesman said: "A business plan has been
drawn up reflecting significant demand for the service. The suggestion is
that this is a niche market inadequately catered for. The business has the
potential to at least cover its costs within two years" (Birmingham
Evening Mail, 17.02.99). [BMMS February 1999 Vol. VII, No. 2, p. 12]"

Birmingham City Council would not have access to records from that long
ago dating back 25 years.

 

We apologise that we could not assist you on this and have closed this
request down.  We are not able to advise you who would have this
information regarding the grant.

Yours Sincerely
Information Governance Team 
City Operations Directorate         
Birmingham City Council

 

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

Thank you for your efforts.

Yours sincerely,

Adnan Khan