New funding to prevent hate crime announced

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced £375,000 of new funding to further encourage the reporting and prevention of hate crime.

The new package, revealed ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day 2017, will target a range of existing organisations, working with faith and minority communities that have historically faced challenges in reporting hate crime.

The funding builds upon the £1 million of support directed at young people announced as part of the government’s Hate Crime Action Plan, announced in the summer of 2016.

Among the recipients of the fund are the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which seeks to challenge the prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures, and Show Racism the Red Card, a campaign to unite young people of different backgrounds using professional footballers and their clubs to educate against racism.

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.”

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is a charity established by the government to promote and support Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January) in the UK.