The Council is refreshing its Hate Crime Strategy and would like to hear the views of stakeholders and residents impacted by hate crime in a virtual focus group to help inform the new strategy.

The focus group will be held on Tuesday, 2 November 5.30pm – 7.30pm via Microsoft Teams.

A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic.

Council vision:

Our vision is for a borough where diversity is celebrated, hate crime is actively challenged and all communities feel safe.

National context

  • In 2016, the government set out a 4-year hate crime action plan to prevent, respond to and increase reporting of hate crime, while improving support for victims and building understanding of it.
  • In this time, the government launched the hate crime campaign: ‘It’s not just offensive. It’s an offense’ and strengthened partnerships with organisations which provide support for victims such as Stop Hate UK.
  • Across the UK, hate crimes increased by 8% from 2018 to 2019. This is partly down to increased reporting, but also includes peaks in offences around events such as Brexit.

Local context

  • In Cheshire West, hate crimes increased by 16% from 2018 to 2019.
  • The Police and Crime Commissioner Plan commits to preventing and tackling hate crime and delivering justice for victims. This will be done via the police’s robust hate crime procedure.
  • The Council Plan commits to forging strong partnerships with the police to enhance community safety, which this strategy will contribute to by ensuring that those who are or are perceived to be of a targeted race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity are safe and feel safe in their neighbourhood.

If you would like to take part in this focus group, please register by sending your name and email address to: community.safety@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk. Once you have registered, joining instructions and the link to join will be sent to you ahead of the meeting. Registration for this session will close at 4pm on Wednesday, 27 October.