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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-08126
Asked by: Foysol Choudhury, Lothian, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 21 April 2022


To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made towards the creation of a new hate crime strategy as outlined in its Tackling Prejudice and Building Connected Communities Action Plan.

Current status: Answered by Christina McKelvie on 3 May 2022


The Scottish Government has committed to developing a new hate crime strategy, for publication later this year, to help guide how we successfully tackle hatred and prejudice in Scotland.

On 28 April 2022, I chaired the inaugural meeting of the Hate Crime Strategic Partnership Group (SPG), comprising a range of third sector organisations and public bodies. The representatives on the SPG each possess specific expertise in tackling hate crime and building community cohesion, and will provide a multi-agency approach to development of a new hate crime strategy for Scotland.

At the meeting, the SPG discussed draft Terms of Reference and I invited members to share their key priorities for tackling hate crime, to help shape development of the new strategy.

In the coming period we will publish relevant information relating to the SPG, including membership and an agreed Terms of Reference.