Why is Hate Crime on the Rise? Is Austerity to blame?

Wednesday 22 April 2015, 9:30-15:00pm, Newcastle upon Tyne

The government’s austerity programme is reshaping the welfare state through cuts in benefits and the privatisation of public services including health, education and drastically reduced state support. The impact of benefit cuts and of the associated campaign of demonisation of disabled people, the unemployed, migrants, asylum seekers and other vulnerable groups has been catastrophic.  Crimes motivated by hate have wider and deeper roots, but austerity has made the problems worse.

This seminar will examine what trade unions, voluntary sector organisations and community groups could and should be doing to respond to hate crime in the workplace and wider society.  Attendees will discuss how they can work collaboratively to prevent and reduce the occurrence of hate crimes whilst supporting victims.  It will bring together sector specific experts and campaigners together with representatives from trade unions and the voluntary sector to discuss important root causes.

Find out more information and book your place here: http://www.catalyststockton.org/vcse-events/hate-crime-rise/

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