HATE CRIME: Gavin Clayton our South Cambs Labour Councillor reports:
Here is the motion being proposed in July 18:
This council condemns the recent spike in hate crime and in particular that of homophobic hate crime.
This Council notes the need for proactive policy development and recruitment of a specialist officer due to increased levels of hate crime as reported (in Parliamentary Briefing Paper Number 08537 , 28 March 2019, Hate Crime Statistics, By Grahame Allen, Yago Zayed)
It shows Police Reported hate crimes by monitored strands in England have increased by 123% since 2011.
In particular : Race 98% Religion 415% sexual orientation 415% Disability 313% and biggest increase of all for people who identify as transgender 427%
Now is not the time to be without a specialist Equality and Diversity Officer and with increasingly uncertain political and economic times ahead this council will work with neighbouring councils to build upon the Equality Pledge to construct and implement a Single Equality Scheme which is proactive in providing training across public, private and third sector partners and to join the Encompass Safer Spaces scheme so that there is a visible reassurance for LGBTQ+ residents of South Cambridgeshire.