At a meeting of Bradford Council’s Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee which endorsed the Draft Hate Crime Scrutiny Review, Councillor Geoff Reid (Liberal Democrat, Eccleshill) thanked those who had done the spadework in getting the report to its current form but said that if all councillors were to engage with its findings then this was more likely to happen if at least once a year hate crime figures were made available on a ward by ward basis instead of simply District wide or Area wide figures, which report on the different categories of Race/Faith/Disability/Sexual Orientation and Transgender hate crime.
He said: “If ward councillors know the level of hate crime in their wards and the dominant categories in their area, they can reflect on how the figures relate to their local knowledge and experience and ask themselves what appropriate responses might be for them as councillors.
The Committee agreed to add Councillor Reid’s suggestion to the draft recommendations which were being sent forward to Full Council.
Geoff also comments: “Hate crime is not simply a collection of individual offences. It can arise out of small groups reinforcing one another’s prejudices. Ward figures which tell us if our ward is a hotspot can concentrate our minds, giving rise to sober reflection and potential action.”