On its web page for reporting hate crime, the government provides a basic definition:
“Crimes committed against someone because of their disability, transgender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation are hate crimes…”
Police figures show an ongoing trend in recent years of increasing levels of hate crime.
“In 2017/18, there were 94,098 hate crime offences recorded by the police in England and Wales, an increase of 17% compared with the previous year.”
This policy is a promise to make progress (“push forward”) with the government’s plan for tackling hate crime.
That plan, called Action Against Hate, was published by the previous government in 2016 and contained over 70 action points for government to tackle hate crime.
In October 2018, the government published an updated version of the plan, which acknowledged ongoing problems with a rise in hate crime and a gap between the occurrence and the reporting of hate crime, but also pointed to:
“a welcome increase in reporting, reflecting improved identification of hate crime by the police, willingness of victims to come forward and an overall improvement in how police now record crime”
An accompanying document detailed 34 completed actions from the 2016 action plan, with another 37 currently in progress.
There has clearly been a great deal of effort and activity around fulfilling this policy pledge. It is a promise to push forward with the plan, and given that almost half the actions from the original plan have been completed and an updated version has been produced, it’s fair to say this one is ‘done’. We’ll be checking back to see how things progress with the updated action plan, so follow this policy to stay informed.
Push forward with the facts
- Report hate crime – Gov.uk
- Government launches new national hate crime awareness campaign – Gov.uk
- Hate Crime, England and Wales, 2017/18 – Gov.uk
- Action Against Hate: The UK Government’s plan for tackling hate crime – Gov.uk
- Action Against Hate: The UK Government’s plan for tackling hate crime – ‘two years on’ – Gov.uk
- Update on the actions from the UK Governments 2016 ‘Action Against Hate’ action plan – Gov.uk