Notice of motion to embrace and agree the victim support hate crime charter

In 2019/20, there were 105,090 hate crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales, excluding Greater Manchester police, an increase of 8 per cent compared with 2018/19 (97,446 offences).

Powys Lib Dem motion on Hate Crime

Council notes for the Motion:

  1. The Response from the Leader on raising awareness of Hate Crime during Hate Crime Awareness Week in October.
  2. Hate Crime is a legal process and a criminal act which the Justice system deals with regularly.  Dyfed Powys Police are signed up to dealing with Hate Crime wherever it occurs.
  3. Local authorities have a part to play in combating Hate Crime.
  4. Training has been delivered by Victim Support across Wales throughout this year and they will continue to do so.
  5. Powys CC has expertise in Hate Crime and it is recognised that rural communities in Wales are not immune to this.

Council is asked to support:

  1. Everyone should be free from Hate Crime and that Powys CC recognises the need to protect those groups that experience Hate Crime taking place right now.
  2. Awareness of Hate Crime can be shared with education leads, social care leads and should be shared across staff in Powys.
  3. Schools can adopt awareness of Hate Crime within the curriculum at all levels.

This Council therefore resolves to:

  1. Enable Powys CC to accept the Victim Support Hate Crime Charter which includes help and support for victims and communities.
  2. Provide training for all Members and staff to understand the need to further raise awareness of crimes that include Hate Crime and the impact on rural communities in Powys.  Victim Support already deliver bespoke training which can be accessed for free.