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Disability Hate Crime

We all know the high incidences of hate crime people with learning disabilities experience and yet from 2018-2019 only 9 cases went to court. We need to change this. As organisations working with people with learning disabilities, Mencap have a rare opportunity to ask for changes in the law affecting the safety and protection of people with disabilities, both online and in the real world.

The Law Commission of England and Wales is an independent body that makes recommendations to government on reform of the law. They are currently looking at hate crime legislation and want to hear from us on what we think about proposed changes. Mencap live in a constant state of consultation , but they really are listening to what is being said and if we don’t act now, we will lose this opportunity to create a safer environment for our service users.

You can contribute in two ways:

  1. Have a look at the summary document:

https://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/hate-crime/

https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lawcom-prod-storage-11jsxou24uy7q/uploads/2020/09/Hate-crime-final-summary.pdf

 

Mencap would like to draw your attention to question 8: Currently not all groups including people with disabilities are treated equally under hate crime legislation. The consultation proposes that this changes to cover all protected characteristics equally.

What do you think?

Please send your replies to: hate.crime@lawcommission.gov.uk or use their online consultation survey.  Deadline 24/12/2020

2. Contact Mencap direct @ karenaspley@n-mencap.org or call 07837 688073. She collating a response from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and she can add your views to this document. She is happy to highlight the main issues and record your thoughts. Deadline 17/12/2020

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