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Hate Crime: report

Date published: 
30 September 2019

Hate crime offences have been on the rise in London since 2011.

 

Our investigation found that in 2018:

    • Homophobic hate crime is up 81 per cent
    • Racist and religious hate crime is up 107 per cent
    • Disability hate crime is up 215 per cent
    • Transphobic hate crime is up 261 per cent

The Mayor is in the unique position to enable effective awareness raising, not just among specific communities, or among victims, but among all Londoners. We welcome that he has championed the benefits of a diverse London through campaigns such as #LondonisOpen and the publication of a Social Integration Strategy but believe there is more he can do in this context to focus on hate crime.

Recommendations:

• The Mayor should step in to expedite the roll out of the Met’s school education programme on hate crime, and report back to this committee by the end of October 2019 on the detail about the programme, including how it will be delivered across all schools.

• By the end of this year, the Mayor needs to put in place arrangements with CPS London and the Met to gather detailed data on the charging, prosecution and conviction rates for each specific strand of hate crime. This information should be published as part of the regular updates to MOPAC’s hate crime dashboard.

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- holding an annual London event to raise awareness of hate crime, increase community cohesion and celebrate London’s diversity


- holding an annual London event to raise awareness of hate crime, increase community cohesion and celebrate London’s diversity

- working more proactively with organisations such as sporting and cultural institutions to encourage them to promote awareness of hate crime and how to prevent it, and to counter divisive messages

- renewing his commitment to initiatives like the #LondonisOpen campaign, in particular the use of social media in that campaign, given the recent rise in hate crime

 

 





 

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