Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced £375,000 of new funding to further encourage the reporting and prevention of hate crime.
The new package will be targeted at a range of existing organisations, working with faith and minority communities that have historically faced challenges in reporting hate crime. These include race and faith groups and those working at challenging the prejudice towards people from alternative subcultures.
The extra support will build upon the work the government is already doing to reduce hate crime, increase reporting and improve support for victims. It builds on the £1 million of support directed at young people announced as part of the government’s Hate Crime Action Plan last summer.
Mr Javid announced the new funding in a speech at The Anne Frank Trust Annual Lunch to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in London, before hosting the UK Commemorative Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said:
“Holocaust Memorial Day is a stark and important reminder of what can happen when hate and intolerance spirals out of control and specific groups are targeted simply because they are different.
“These funds build upon what government is already doing through the Hate Crime Action Plan to challenge the misperceptions that lead to hate crime and support victims from marginalised communities to stand up and report incidents.
“Let me be clear. Hate crime has no place whatsoever in British society. We will not stand for it. All communities must be able to live their lives free from fear of verbal or physical attack.”
Groups receiving funding
The package will provide funding to the following organisations:
- Sophie Lancaster Foundation: a charity set up following the murder of 20 year-old Sophie Lancaster in Lancashire in 2007 that seeks to challenge the prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures; Sophie’s mother, Sylvia, visits schools around the country to instil tolerance in young people through education.
- True Vision: the police reporting portal for hate crime. New funding will help encourage groups that face challenges in reporting hate crime including Sikh and Hindu communities and recent arrivals from Eastern Europe; True Vision will also work with National Churchwatch, an organisation which works to counter hate crime against the Christian community.
- The Traveller Movement: a charity that aims to improve reporting rates for hate crimes against the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
- Show Racism the Red Card: a campaign to unite young people of different backgrounds using professional footballers and their clubs to educate against racism.
Additional funding will go to National Hate Crime Awareness Week that takes place each October to develop the scope and depth of the programme and to encourage collaboration between anti-hate crime charities across the country.