There is still time left for Salford residents to have their say on the Greater Manchester Hate Crime Plan.

Home Offices statics released earlier this year showed that Greater Manchester had the second highest reports of hate crime, only behind London, with the Salford area also seeing a large increase in hate crimes. Now, Salford City Council has backed the proposed plan, and is urging residents to have their say and take part in the survey, even if they have not experienced hate crime themselves.

Beverly Hughes, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime in Greater Manchester said that “we’re seeking people’s views in a bid to improve how we tackle hate crime in our city-region”

“We have worked with many people and organisations involved in tackling hate crime to develop a set of priorities for the Greater Manchester Hate Crime Plan. Now, we want to know what you think so we can develop them further. We want to hear from everyone in Greater Manchester, regardless of whether you have experienced hate crime or not. ”

There has been a 25% increase in sexual orientation hate crimes, and 37% increase in transgender hate crimes, with both being the least reported hate crimes amidst them all. These hate crimes in particular statistically involve a younger demographic, namely the 18-24 year-old group. Young people were asked on their views on these statistics, and discussed the general topic of hate crime, with many citing a lack of education as the main driving force of hate crime.

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With the results of the survey, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority hope that they can implement strategies and initiatives to prevent hate crime happening in the first place.

The deadline for the survey is at midnight on the 8th December 2019, so there are only a few days left for people to have their say. A link to the survey can be found here

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