Deputy Leader Cllr Cobbett pledges support for Hate Crime Awareness Week

Councillor Tim Cobbett

This week (9th-16th October) is National Hate Crime Awareness Week and, as a council, we stand in solidarity with this and aim to raise awareness of the issue of hate crime in our society.

Cllr Tim Cobbett, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Communities and Engagement, said:

This Hate Crime Awareness Week, I want to reaffirm our ambition to be a supportive and safe borough for all. We are proud of Kingston's diversity, and will challenge discrimination in all its forms. Our whole community has a part to play in ensuring hate crime isn't tolerated in our borough.


As a council, we recognise that this is very important. ‘Inclusive Kingston’, our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy identifies a continuing need to work with our partners and communities to understand and monitor hate crime and support those affected - and we will continue to actively work with partners and communities to challenge all forms of hate crime in the borough.


As the Portfolio Holder for Equalities, I am personally showing my commitment to challenging hate crime in the borough and to ensuring that we are a welcoming and accepting place for everyone by pledging my commitment to Hate Crime Awareness Week. The council is committed to inclusivity and fostering a more equal borough. Currently, we are celebrating Black History Month, and recently hosted a successful Disability Awareness event in the Market Square.


Please read through our web pages for more information on what is being done about hate crime in Kingston, how to report a hate crime, and for advice and support if you have been a victim of hate crime.


#NoPlaceForHate #SafePlaceForAll #WeStandTogether #NationalHCAW

Published: 12th October 2021