Cabinet statement on hate crimes and cohesion

This is a statement made by Labour council leader Tim Swift on behalf of the Labour Cabinet last night:-

In the aftermath of the referendum, there have been reports of an increase in hate crime across the country.

As a cabinet, we believe that Calderdale council should condemn racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally. We will not allow hate to become acceptable.

We will stand with victims of hate crime and encourage everyone to report incidents to the police.

We will work with faith and community leaders across the Borough to ensure that Calderdale remains welcoming to all, and to support everyone in challenging prejudice and hate wherever it occurs.

The report we are considering tonight regarding the outcome of the EU referendum includes specific actions to support and promote community cohesion. Further, the Council already has in place a working group that is looking at what more the council can do to promote cohesion. We will ensure this work continues and report on its outcome to future meetings of full Council.

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