Statement of Support 2022
We have looked into your request as promised, and wanted to let you know that Home Office Ministers will not be providing a statement this year.Home Office
On Thursday 6th October 2022 the Home Office released the latest official statistics for police recorded hate crime in England and Wales, year ending March 2022.
Hate Crime 155,841 up 26%
- Race Hate Crime 109,843 up 19%
- Faith Hate Crime 8,730 up 37%
- Homophobic Hate Crime 26,152 up 41%
- Disability Hate Crime 14,242 up 43%
- Transphobic Hate Crime 4,355 up 56%
Statement of dissatisfaction
All of us at 17-24-30 NationalHCAW – one of the country’s leading anti-hate crime charities and the founders of National Hate Crime Awareness Week – are extremely disappointed to hear that the Home Office has declined to offer a statement of support for this year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
This is the first time that the Home Office has not given their support for our campaign since it began in 2012, and following a year that has seen a 26% increase in overall reported hate crime in England and Wales we find this lack of support from the home office worrying.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week is a joint effort between local authorities, police partnerships, third sector organisations, volunteers, and citizens. Events and campaigns are taking place this week in all four nations of the United Kingdom across 233 councils and 40 police services.
We have received statements of support from MPs, MSPs, MSs, members of the House of Lords, local councillors, council leaders, mayors, London Assembly members and leaders of political parties, as well as leaders in academia, policing, charities, faith groups, businesses, and the arts.
The campaign is well supported locally across the UK, and for the government of the UK to not meet this level of support is a response we find inadequate and out of step with public opinion. The UK is no place for hate, and it behoves the government to stand behind this message.
17-24-30 has been committed to working with all administrations since our inception both locally and at a national level – we hope that in this spirit of co-operation the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary and the government will lend their support to this year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week campaign, and we look forward to continued support from the government in years to come.
17-24-30 Board of Trustees 2022
National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NationalHCAW
Since 2012 the anti-hate crime charity have organised National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NationalHCAW to encourage the authorities (Government, Police and Councils), key partners (Business and Voluntary Sectors), and communities affected by hate crime to work together to tackle hate crime across the UK.
The week takes place between the second to third Saturday in October, with an Act of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by Hate Crime held at St Paul’s Cathedral on the first Sunday during the national week.
Each year, we invite the Prime Minister, their Government, the Leader of the Opposition, leaders of other political parties, Police and Crime Commissioners, Police leaders, Faith and Community Leaders to provide statements of support for the national week – to support the aim of bringing people together, to say no to all forms of hate and make our society a safer place for everyone to live in peace and harmony together.
We have received messages of support from the Home Office every year since 2012, below are the messages we have received from Previous Home Secretarys and Ministers who have supported National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NationalHCAW
The Right Honourable Pritti Patel 24 July 2019 to 6 Spetember 2022
We received one statement of support from Pritti Patel during her term of office as Home Secretary.
Baroness Williams – Minister for Counter Extremism was a joint signatory along with Pritti Patel in 2019 and provided us with a further statement in 2020.
We did not get a statement from the Green Party.
In 2021 the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition failed to provide a statement of support.
Ed Davey MP the Leader of the Liberal Democrats did provide his support.
During National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021 MP Sir David Amess was murdered in his constituency.
In 2020 the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition failed to provide us a statement of support.
Ed Davey MP the new Leader of the Liberal Democrats did provide his support.
The Governments Hate Crime Action Plan ran out in 2020, and was last updated on the 18th November 2020, it is now the 12/10/2022 and there is no news when a new Government Hate Crime Action Plan will be published.
In 2019 the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, and the Leader of the Liberal Democrats all failed to provide us with statements of support.
Baroness Williams – Minister for Counter Extremism
Statement of Support 2020
“All forms of hate crime are completely unacceptable.
We have asked the Law Commission to conduct a wide-ranging review into hate crime to explore how to make current legislation more effective, and if there should be additional protective characteristics. The Commission published their consultation in September, and we strongly encourage interested parties to submit their views on the proposed reforms.
The Government takes hate crime very seriously, and is considering a range of options to tackle hate crime beyond the current Hate Crime Action Plan. We have also provided £3.2 million in funding to improve security at places of worship at risk from hate crime attacks for 20-21.
Hate Crime Awareness Week helps to highlight the amazing commitment of many organisations across the country who are working tirelessly to tackle these abhorrent crimes. The Government is proud to support it.”
Baroness Williams Minister for Counter Extremism
We did not get a response from the Green Party.
Statement of Support 2019
Crimes motivated by hate have no place in modern Britain. We strongly
believe that giving people the security they need to live their lives free from
fear is the essential foundation for a life of liberty.
That is why this Government will always take action at attempts to divide our
society. Our Hate Crime Action Plan published in 2016, and refreshed in
October last year, sets out the cross-Government response to tackling hate crime. We continue to provide funding to protect places of worship across the country, so people feel safe practising their faith. The Home Office’s Hate Crime Community Project Fund is supporting people to promote our shared values as a country within their own communities. And, in April, the Government published the Online Harms White Paper, setting out our plan to make tech giants take responsibility for the safety of their users, including sickening hate crime content.
But, we are not complacent. We will endeavour to better understand the impact that hate crime has on families, our communities and wider society. We will empower individuals to express their identity regardless of their background or characteristics. We will overcome the division that can beset
our country and celebrate the diversity and multiculturalism underpinning our society.
This Government will always tackle hatred and give people the security and freedom they need to live their lives as they choose. We give our best wishes – and unwavering support – to all those communities coming together to fight hatred and prejudice and promote British values during Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Co-signed by the Home Secretary Priti Patel and Minister for Counting Extremism Baroness Williams
We receeived a joint statement of support from Jonathan Bartley and Sian Berry rom the Green Party.
The Right Honourable Sajid Javid 30 April 2018 to 24 July 2019
Whilst we did not hear back from the Home Secretary Sajid Javid during his brief term of office, we did receive two statements of support from two other ministers.
In October 2018 we received statements of support from the Prime Minister Theresa May and Vince Cable Leader of teh Liberal Democrats.
We receeived a joint statement of support from Jonathan Bartley and Sian Berry rom the Green Party.
The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Communities Secretary
National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018
Hatred and discrimination have no place in our society, and National Hate Crime
Awareness Week plays an important role in shining a light on this. During this year’s
Hate Crime Awareness Week, I am pleased to have published the Government’s
renewed commitments to tackling hatred in the refreshed Hate Crime Action Plan.
As part of the refreshed plan, my department will continue to fund specialist agencies
that support victims of hate, work with young people to tackle the roots causes of
discrimination and prejudice, and bolster our race equality work. In doing so, we will
build on the work and expertise of trusted partners such as yourself, who have made
a tremendous contribution to community cohesion over the years.
I wish everyone taking part in this year’s Hate Crime Awareness Week great
The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Communities Secretary
Sara Khan, Lead Commissioner of the Commission for Countering Extremism
I would like to offer my support to Hate Crime Awareness Week. Our nation feels divided right now. As I’ve travelled the country I’ve heard story after story of intolerance and hatred. Too often this manifests as hate crime.
My commission stands with all those who bravely report or challenge hatred. It takes huge courage, and is rarely the easy option.
Our mission is to help everyone do more to challenge extremism.
Hatred towards others can inspire people into extremism; extremism can normalise hatred in our society.
This week we will see a rainbow coalition of individuals and groups express their support for work to challenge hate crime.
We need to back these brave people and build a movement of all those people who are opposed to hatred and extremism, all those who believe in tolerance, equality and diversity. They are the backbone of our country, and it is this movement that shows that we can overcome divisions.
Sara Khan, Lead Commissioner of the Commission for Countering Extremism
The Right Honourable Amber Rudd 13 July 2016 to 29 April 2018
Amber Rudd MP provided statements of support for both of the years that she was the Home Secretary, 2016 and 2017.
In October 2017 we received statements of support from the Prime Minister Theresa May, the Leader of teh Opposition Jeramy Corbyn, Vince Cable Leader of the Liberal Democrats.
In October 2016 we recieved a Statement of Support from the Prime Minister Theresa May, and Tim Farron Leader of the Liberal Demoicrats. We did not receive a statement from the leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn,
In June 2016 MP Jo Cox was murdered in her constuency.
Statement of Support 2017
RE: National Hate Crime Awareness Week
The United Kingdom is a place that a wide variety of people call home. This should be a source of pride for us.
Sadly, that does not reflect everyone’s experience, and there are times where people are
victimised simply for being who they are, whether it is because of their particular faith or for who they choose to love. That is totally unacceptable. Everyone has the right to live peacefully, without fear of being attacked for being themselves.
Perhaps hate crimes have occurred – to some degree – for as long as hate itself has existed.
However there is no excuse. The vast majority of us recognise and challenge this behaviour for what it is. Hate Crime Awareness Week is an important opportunity for us to come together and renew our determination to stamp out hate crime. The movement continues to grow and I am
grateful to the 17-24-30 and Stop Hate UK for making it happen.
I know that Hate Crime Awareness Week is being marked up and down the country, with charity and voluntary sector organisations, public services, and others leading the way. I urge anyone who feels strongly about this to participate, perhaps taking inspiration from http://www.nationalhcaw.uk.
There are so many ideas, from attending local events to showing your support on social media.
For my part I will always continue to push for robust action to address the causes of hate crime and improve our response to it. We have just announced additional funding for a National Online Hate Crime Hub, and we are continuing to fund local schemes to tackle hate crimes and keep people safe at places of worship and other faith institutions. We deliver these priorities with the support of a wide range of partners, and we will be using their expertise over the coming months to help us refresh the national Hate Crime Action Plan.
I give my best wishes – and unwavering support – to all those taking part in Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Amber Rudd MP Home Secretary
We receeived a joint statement of support from Jonathan Bartley, Caroline Lucas and Amelia Womack from the Green Party.
Statement of Support 2016
RE: National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016
Hate crime of any kind, directed against any community, race or religion has absolutely no place in our society. I welcome Hate Crime Awareness Week because it gives us a valuable opportunity to shine a light on this important issue and reinforce the message that we are united as a nation against Hate Crime in all its forms. Tackling hate crime is one of my key priorities as Home Secretary, and I will do everything that I can to ensure that it is stamped out.
One of my first acts as Home Secretary was launching the Government’s Hate Crime Action Plan. At the launch of the Action Plan I had the chance to talk directly to victims and community groups and hear about their concerns and experiences first-hand. They told me that they were glad to see that we are not only working on individual forms of hate crime, but also looking more holistically at the issue.
Talking to these groups also gave me a greater sense of the scale of the challenge that lies ahead. We have all seen the headlines over the summer; unacceptable incidents and crimes committed against people for no other reason than their nationality, their race or their religion. Graffiti on a Polish cultural centre, sickening attacks on Muslim women, threats against family homes. There is no place for this in today’s Britain. The Prime Minister has been clear that we are building a Britain that works for everyone, and we all have a role to play in ensuring that this Britain is fair, tolerant and inclusive. We welcome people of all races, nationality and faiths in Britain and we are stronger because of our diversity. We will continue to condemn these attacks and take action to ensure hate crime is stamped out.
This Government is tackling hate crime at its roots, challenging the narratives that lead to hate and intolerance and ensuring our young people are equipped to think carefully about what they hear about other people and groups, as well as giving context to world events such as the referendum result and conflict in the Middle East. We are working directly with communities to address the harms that we see every day as a result of hate crime, including a £2.4m fund to improve security at places of worship, and new funding for projects that tackle hate crime in communities.
We are encouraging more people to report hate crime and improving the criminal justice response to ensure that we get it right every time. Finally, we are building our understanding of hate crime so we know why hate crime happens, and so we can ensure our interventions work, along with improving the way in which the police respond to these appalling crimes. We are determined to tackle hate crime and stamp it out at its roots, there has been great progress to date, but of course there is more to do.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week is a time to reflect on the events of this year and on the deeper issues which underscore hate in our communities. It is also a time to underscore our firm commitment to stand up against those who perpetrate these abhorrent crimes. I am heartened by the communities we have seen come together in difficult times to support each other over the last few months, and I am also pleased to see that the police are continuing to improve their response to hate crime, and are engaging with communities to ensure their safety and increase their confidence. It is only through working together – Government, police and communities – that we will defeat hate crime and make this a country that does work for everyone, no matter who you are.
The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP Home Secretary
The Right Honourable Theresa May 12th May 2010 – 13 July 2016
Whilst we did not receive a statement of support from Theresa May MP during her time as Home Secretary we received two statements of support from her during her term of office as Prime Minister.
In October 2015 we had statements of support from the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn. Tim Farrron MP provided a statement of support from the Liberal Democrats.
We receeived a joint statement of support from Jonathan Bartley and Caroline Lucas from the Green Party.
Karen Bradley MP Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation
Statement of Support 2015
All crime is wrong, but crime that is motivated by hostility or hatred towards the victim is particularly corrosive. It can have devastating consequences for victims and their families, and can also divide communities.
This is why I welcome Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015. It will be a great opportunity to show how we can work together to tackle hate crime.
As the Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation, I have had the privilege of meeting representatives from a wide range of groups who work to tackle hate crime. I cannot overstate how much they do to challenge the attitudes that foster hatred and support victims. Whether it is the Community Security Trust offering security, protection and reassurance to the Jewish community, Tell MAMA helping victims of anti-Muslim hate crime through the justice system, or GALOP offering care to LGBT victims of hate crime, all of our stakeholders play a vital role in the fight against hatred.
Getting the response to hate crime right depends on local partnerships and collaboration. I congratulate all local areas who have organised events this Hate Crime Awareness week to promote local services and initiatives and urge them to continue the excellent work they are doing.
However, we know that there is still much to do. We know that more antisemitic hate crimes were reported to the Community Security Trust in 2014 than in any other year since it began collecting data in 1984, and this trend has continued into 2015. We know that the Metropolitan Police Service recorded more anti-Muslim hate crime in the year we saw isolated incidents in Paris and Tunisia and ongoing instability in Syria and Iraq. We know that there are people here in the UK who seek opportunities to divide communities and cause harm to those who they perceive as different.
This is why tackling hate crime is one of my priorities as a minister. Hate Crime Awareness Week is an ideal opportunity to reflect on the journey that has brought us to this point and consider how we continue our progress in the fight against hate crime. We should not forget the victims in this fight.
We need your help too, because without your reports, we do not know where incidents are happening, or the true scale of the problem. Please come forward and report any incidents to the police, either directly or through True Vision at http://www.report-it.org.uk
Karen Bradley MP
Minister for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker MP
Statement of Support 2014
“Living without the fear of being abused or attacked because of who you are is a basic human right and one we all share. I welcome Hate Crime Awareness Week 2014 as an invaluable opportunity to raise public awareness and encourage local action against all forms of hate crime.
Targeting a person or a group based on their disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender-identity or any other personal characteristic is completely unacceptable and has no place in a civilised society.
In my role as Minister for Crime Prevention I have had the privilege of seeing the valuable work that groups like 17-24-30 do in raising awareness and supporting victims of all forms of hate crime. Earlier this year I met with Sylvia Lancaster from the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, who has built a lasting legacy to her daughter whose murder was defined by the court as a hate crime. We discussed how to raise awareness of hate crimes against people from alternative subcultures amongst young people, police and other agencies. The work of organisations such as these is essential in ensuring that the attitudes and behaviours that foster hatred are challenged, so that everyone has the freedom to live their lives free from hostility or harassment on the grounds of who they are.
The most recent update of our cross-government hate crime action plan ‘Challenge it, Report it, Stop it’ was published in May. As a progress report, it provides an overview of our achievements since the action plan was established in March 2012. In the report, we also highlight issues that have emerged or continued to evolve and have renewed our commitment to focus attention on disability hate crime, online hatred, extremism and anti-Muslim hatred. We are working across government, with our partners, the voluntary sector and on an international level to take action in each of these areas.
As part of our commitment to build a better understanding of hate crime and how it affects different people, I attended a meeting of the All-party parliamentary group on autism and learning disabilities in May to listen to the issues of the group about hate crimes against people with autism and learning disabilities. I have also met with the government’s Independent Advisory Group on hate crime. This group includes experts from across the hate crime sector and victims.
Following the recent rise in anti-Semitic hate crime in Britain we are liaising closely with the Jewish community to support them in combating it. I plan to visit the Community Security Trust, an organisation that supports the Jewish community and monitors anti-Semitic incidents, later this month, and Ministers across government have already met with representatives from Jewish communities to discuss the situation. New guidance for dealing with hate crimes, which includes advice for dealing with anti-Semitic incidents and how to monitor and deal with community tensions, has recently been issued to police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Getting the response to hate crime right depends on deep local knowledge of victims, offenders and communities. Our action plan emphasises the importance of local areas taking the lead in tackling hate crime, with professionals, the voluntary sector and communities working together to deal with local issues and priorities. I congratulate all local areas who have organised events this Hate Crime Awareness week to promote local services and initiatives.
I am conscious that there is more we can do to tackle hate crime and it is one of my top priorities in my role. I will use Hate Crime Awareness week as an opportunity to remember those who have been affected by hate crime and consider how best to take further action to end these dreadful acts. We are making real progress in tackling hate crime, but there is still much to do to confront the hatred and hostility that still exists in our society.
I would encourage anyone who is a victim of hate crime to come forward and report the incident to the police, so we know where incidents are happening. You can report incidents directly to the police online through True Vision at www.report-it.org.uk.”
In October 2014 we had statements from the Prime Minister David Cameron, the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and the Leader of the opposition Ed Miliband.
London Assembly Member Darren Johnson and Baroness Jones of Mulsecoombe supported us on behalf of the Green Party.
In October 2013 we had statements from the Prime Minister David Cameron, the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and the Leader of the opposition Ed Miliband.
In October 2012 we had statements from the Prime Minister David Cameron, the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and the Leader of the opposition Ed Miliband. We also had a statement of support from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
London Assembly Member Jenny Jones supported us on behalf of the Green Party.