To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Home Office statistics demonstrating that the number of hate crimes committed in England and Wales has more than doubled in the past five years and that hate crimes recorded by the police increased by 17 per cent in the year to March 2018.
31 October 2018
The latest data from the Crime Survey of England and Wales shows hate crime has fallen by 40% over the last decade.
In contrast, the trend in police recorded hate crime has been upward since 2012/13 which, like other categories of police recorded crime, is thought to be largely driven by improvements in police recording practices but also better identification of hate crimes, willingness of victims to come forward but there has also been genuine increase in these offences around certain events such as the EU Referendum and the terrorist attacks in 2017.
The increase in police recorded hate crime is consistent with Government policy to encourage better recording as it is vital to victim care, the criminal justice system and our understanding of the nature of this abhorrent crime.