Britain’s new Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP, has announced plans to tackle hate crime in England and Wales.
The announcement comes after figures showed there have been more than 6,000 reports of hate crime to police since mid June.
Ms Rudd has commissioned HMIC to carry out a “scoping study” into forces’ understanding of and response to hate crime of all types, including crimes against the disabled.
The Home Secretary said, “That will help to give confidence, to give reassurance, and also to make sure communities who feel they’re experiencing too much hate crime are able to get that confidence back from the police that it’s being addressed.”
The government’s action plan includes:
- an assessment of the level of anti-Muslim, anti-semitic, homophobic, racist and other bullying in schools. This will be used to “inform further action” against such bullying
- action to tackle hate crime online, on public transport and around the “night-time economy”
- a £2.4m fund for security measures at places of worship
- £300,000 to establish three projects to “explore innovative new ways” of tacking hate crime in local communities