A comprehensive review of hate crime legislation, extra funding to support communities, improving the response to incidents and raising awareness about hate crime are among a package of new measures to tackle hate crime.
As the country rallies to promote our shared values through Hate Crime Awareness Week, the Home Office and Ministry for Communities, Housing and Local Government on Tuesday October 16 has published an update to its Hate Crime Action Plan.
The refresh has been designed to address specific concerns across all five monitored strands of hate crime: race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity and disability.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said:
“Hate crime goes directly against the long-standing British values of unity, tolerance and mutual respect – and I am committed to stamping this sickening behaviour out.
“Our refreshed action plan sets out how we will tackle the root causes of prejudice and racism, support hate crime victims and ensure offenders face the full force of the law.”
The updated plan includes over £1.5m of new funding for programmes that work with schools and young people to challenge discriminatory beliefs, promote positive discussions and encourage reporting. This includes supporting Kick It Out to challenge attitudes and behaviour in grassroots football and continue its work with Show Racism the Red Card.
Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:
“It is completely unacceptable that anyone should live in fear of intimidation and violence because of their beliefs or the colour of their skin. We must challenge prejudice and intolerance, whenever and wherever it appears in our society.
“Alongside publishing our refreshed plan to tackle hate crime, I am pleased to announce further funding of over £1.5m for projects that challenge the attitudes that underpin racially and religiously motivated crime.”
Minister for Faith, Lord Bourne added:
“Britain is a proudly tolerant nation, where everyone has the right to live according to their beliefs. Despite this, in recent years we have seen increased reports of religiously motivated hate crime, intolerance and prejudice.
“The publication of today’s updated plan reaffirms this Government’s belief that there can never be an excuse for hatred towards anyone. Wherever we find it, we will oppose it and challenge it.”
As well as extending the Places of Worship scheme from three to four years, the Home Office confirmed today that 45 places of worship have been awarded nearly £800,000 in the latest round of funding through the scheme.
This year, grants have been awarded to nine churches, 22 mosques, two Hindu temples and 12 Sikh gurdwaras. Since the scheme launched in 2016, 89 grants worth over £760,000 have been allocated to places of worship across England and Wales.
Minister for Countering Extremism, Baroness Williams said:
“While I am proud that the UK continues to be a tolerant country we know that, sadly, there are pockets of people who attempt to intimidate religious communities through violence and abuse just because of their faith.
“The Places of Worship scheme works to ensure religious freedoms are protected and I am pleased this funding can provide further reassurance to others that this Government will support them.”
The publication outlines the progress made against actions committed to in 2016. Completed actions include launching the Building a Stronger Britain Together programme, funding for organisations across all hate crime strands and carrying out a project with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation to challenge hateful attitudes.Chief Constable Ian Hopkins has appointed a new Assistant Chief Constable to the ranks of Greater Manchester Police.
Mabs Hussain is joining the Force from West Yorkshire Police, having spent the first 22 years of his policing career there.
ACC Hussain started his career at WYP in uniform in Bradford and, over the last few years, has progressed through the ranks working as a Detective, in strategic Force postings and a period as the temporary Commander for Leeds – the largest policing district outside of London at the time.
The MBE recipient has been the Force lead on local policing, crime and the head of Force performance, becoming the District Commander for Wakefield in 2016. He was given the Queen’s honour during her birthday celebrations this year for his services to policing and charity.
ACC Hussain is a Gold firearms & public order commander, overseeing large events such as Chapeltown Carnival, Leeds United home games and, most recently, protests between the National Front and counter protestors in July this year.
ACC Hussain said: “I’m thrilled to have been given this opportunity. I have great admiration for the work GMP has done for some time, knowing they are a similar size to WYP and respecting the way they have responded to particularly challenging times over the years. Their commitment to public service and the demands I can expect to face in my new role were all things which appealed to me to join the GMP family.
“I am immensely proud of my time at WYP but look forward to a new challenge at GMP.”
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “I’m delighted to welcome Mabs to the GMP family. He is an extremely experienced officer and he will help us to continue to drive the Force forward.
“His background in large events and serious crime will help us continue to protect the people of Greater Manchester and his work around local policing will help us work our communities to keep everyone safe. I look forward to welcoming him to the Force in the coming weeks.”