Discrimination: Finance:Written question - 132311

Q
(Bolton South East)
Asked on: 13 March 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Discrimination: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding his Department has allocated to tackle (a) Islamophobia, (b) sexual orientation discrimination and (c) antisemitism in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 21 March 2018

We treat all hate crime with equal seriousness; there is no place for treating victims differently regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity. Our funding of projects reflects this approach and that is why we fund a number of initiatives that combat hate crime across all five strands and do not allocate specific funding to target specific areas. Our work to combat religiously motivated hatred tackles anti-Muslim hatred and anti-Semitism, alongside hatred directed at any person or group based on their religion.

Since 2010 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has provided £3.7 million to local projects to challenge hate crime. We expect to spend a further £1.5 million by March 2018. This includes support for programmes such as the Anne Frank Trust's Switch
Off Prejudice programme which encourages young people to consider the consequences of prejudice, persecution and discrimination, support for community organisations such as Tell MAMA and the Community Security Trust, and establishing the Hate Crime Support Group which networks organisations tackling hatred across all five protected categories to share best practice and offer the best support for victims.

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