To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the rate of hate crime; and whether those steps vary depending on the group targeted by hate crime.
16 January 2018
We are committed to addressing all forms of hate crime. In July 2016, the Home Office published Action Against Hate: The UK Government’s Plan for Tackling Hate Crime, an action plan which focuses on five key areas:
- preventing hate crime by challenging beliefs and attitudes;
- responding to hate crime within our communities;
- increasing the reporting of hate crime;
- improving support for victims of hate crime; and
- building our understanding of hate crime
The Home Office, and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government are leading a refresh of this action plan in 2018. The refresh will be overseen by the national Hate Crime Strategy Board which is jointly chaired by the two Departments.
Hate crimes are motivated by hostility or prejudice on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity – the majority of the actions we are taking forward address all five of these ‘strands’.
For example, we have committed up to £900,000 over three years from the Hate Crime Community Projects Fund (HCCPF) for local community projects. Also, in October 2017 the Home Secretary announced £200,000 of Home Office funding for a new national hub that will be run by police officers for the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) to help the police to tackle the emerging threat of online hate crime.
The Home Secretary has asked Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of the Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services to carry out inspection work on hate crime to build a national picture of how effectively and efficiently police forces deal with all five strands of hate crime, including that committed online.
However, it is also right that some of our activities address hate crimes targeted at specific groups. Each of the five strands is represented by specific actions in the 2016 Action Plan, and in the 16 Hate Crime Community Projects the Home Office has funded to date. The Home Office is also funding protective security measures at faith institutions, through up to £2.4 million from the Places of Worship scheme and up to £1 million from the Vulnerable Faith Institutions scheme.