Disability Hate Crime and related hostility work

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From: A. Novis

30 July 2010

Dear Greater London Authority,

I have been collecting media articles about attacks and murders of
disabled people for some time. In the last three year 4 murders and
28 attacks against disabled people have been in the media.
Obviously what gets in the media is very few, the tip of the
iceberg.

I would like to know what are your action plans around Disability
hate crime and related hostility towards disabled people in London
as is your legal duty under the DDA and Human Rights Act?

I cannot find this in your Equality Scheme, in fact last year
disabled people were excluded from your plans and priorities around
all hate crime.

Such plans are meant to also ensure disabled people are involved in
all such work so could you send me details of how you will ensure
disabled people are engaged, advising, influencing any work on
Disability hate crime and hostility you are planning please?

I have also noted that at the annual 'Liberty Event' for disabled
people there is no provision for disabled people to report such
hate crimes and incidents.
Could you tell me why this has been omitted please and how you will
ensure and encourage such reporting in future at such specific
disability events and across London?

Yours faithfully,

A. Novis

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Greater London Authority

30 July 2010

From: [FOI #43098 email]
To: [Greater London Authority request email]
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Disability Hate Crime and
related hostility work

The Mayor would like to thank you for your interest in his work and he is
keen to answer your query as quickly and fully as possible. As you will
appreciate, he receives a very large amount of correspondence but he is
committed to responding to your query within 20 working days.

However, the Greater London Authority (GLA) will only respond to queries
that relate to its work and will refer relevant queries to the appropriate
functional body for them to reply. Transport related queries will be
referred to Transport for London (TfL).

Please note that the GLA does not accept unsolicited job applications or
CVs. Information on current vacancies is available on our website at:
[1]http://www.london.gov.uk/jobs

Thank you for taking the time to write to the Mayor of London, Boris
Johnson.

Yours truly

Public Liaison Unit

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From: Mayor of London
Greater London Authority

26 August 2010

Dear A Novis

Thank you for your email of 2 August requesting information about the Greater London Authority's plans to combat disability hate crime in London.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) published its Draft Disability Scheme in July and in the Crime and Community section are the policies that have been developed to tackle this. The Scheme is available to view on the GLA website at: www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Dr....

The Scheme is currently out for public consultation and is available in a range of accessible formats upon request. The priorities for this Scheme were developed in consultation with stakeholders from London's Deaf and disabled communities at a meeting chaired by the Deputy Mayor of London. In addition, there will be a number of public meetings at which members of the public as well as community organisations are welcome to feedback on the GLA's plans noted in the Scheme and inform the development of key policies including those on to address disability hate crime. Details are available on the website at: www.london.gov.uk/event-meeting/2010/sep.... The consultation closes on 15 October 2010

Some of the salient initiatives in the Scheme include:

- The Deputy Mayor of Policing, Kit Malthouse is the Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority, he provided leadership to the MPS in response to all hate crimes, including disability crime.

- The GLA is considering including specific questions on Disability Targeted Hate Crime in its Annual London Survey, this will get community feedback on their experiences of crime and safety in London. The GLA will also lobby the Home Office to include questions on Disability Targeted Hate Crime within the British Crime Survey.

- The MPS Violent Crime Directorate (VCD) is developing a training pack that will be delivered to all new recruits, focussing on improving awareness and understanding and the correct identification of disability hate crime.

- In December 2008, working through the advice of the Disability Independent Advisory Group, the GLA and MPA, changes were made to the Crime Reporting Information System (CRIS). These changes will allow the accurate identification of Disability Targeted Hate Crime through automatic 'flagging' of all hate crimes, identify particular impairment of victim/witness (e.g. physical, sensory, learning difficulties), identify victim'/witness' access needs, identify preferred means of communication for victim/witnesses and any medical or care concerns.

- The GLA will also be working with partners to develop a co-ordinated campaign for more access to support services such as Rape Crisis Centres. The focus in 2011 will be on disabled women.

- Transport for London (TfL), as part of their community safety plan, will be developing a hate crime strategy to support disabled and Deaf people and others who are the target of verbal or physical assault.

- The GLA, in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) and the MPS Disability Independent Advisory Group are lobbying for performance indicators on Disability Targeted Hate Crime. This would require the MPS to collect data, measure detection rates and disabled people's satisfaction rates, to ensure that the issue obtains a systematic focus across London. This work would seek an increase in number of people with disabilities reporting hate crimes; increase in the sanction detection rate, following reports of disability targeted hate crimes; increase in the number of prosecutions for disability targeted hate crimes that are supported by the Crown Prosecution Service; increase in the satisfaction levels of victims of disability targeted hate crimes, with MPS' overall service.

With regards to your query about the Liberty festival, Liberty is an arts and cultural festival and its focus is on performances and presentations by deaf and disabled artists. The event is organised in consultation with disabled people and disability organisations, and inclusion of reporting of hate crimes and incidents has not been raised to date.

Yours sincerely

Huma Munshi
Diversity and Social Policy Team

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Dear Greater London Authority,

I have been collecting media articles about attacks and murders of
disabled people for some time. In the last three year 4 murders and
28 attacks against disabled people have been in the media.
Obviously what gets in the media is very few, the tip of the iceberg.

I would like to know what are your action plans around Disability
hate crime and related hostility towards disabled people in London
as is your legal duty under the DDA and Human Rights Act?

I cannot find this in your Equality Scheme, in fact last year
disabled people were excluded from your plans and priorities around
all hate crime.

Such plans are meant to also ensure disabled people are involved in
all such work so could you send me details of how you will ensure
disabled people are engaged, advising, influencing any work on
Disability hate crime and hostility you are planning please?

I have also noted that at the annual 'Liberty Event' for disabled
people there is no provision for disabled people to report such
hate crimes and incidents.

Could you tell me why this has been omitted please and how you will
ensure and encourage such reporting in future at such specific
disability events and across London?

Yours faithfully,

A. Novis

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From: A. Novis

26 August 2010

Dear Mayor of London,
Thank you very much for this response.

For your information I chaired the MPS Disability Advisory Group
for six years till its closure this year due to lack of engagement
by the MPS.I appreciate that you acknowledge our work.

I do also advise the MPA hate crime board.

I represent UK Disabled Peoples Council a national umbrella
organisation for disabled peoples own organisations across Britain,
Wales, Scotland.

I and other disabled people in London have repeatedly requested
that the MPS be present at the Liberty event and take reports of
disability hate crime.

We asked this via the MPS DIAG, the MPA Hate crime board and to the
GLA direct when David Morris was in post as Disability Advisor.

So I do not agree with your understanding that no disabled peoples
organisations and groups have requested this presence.

Perhaps you could pass on this request and arrange that this year
the MPS is present please at Liberty and in future?

All responses will be sent to the EHRC for their enquiry on
disability related hostility in a national report I am producing
also as evidence.

Please update the Mayor on the closure of the DIAG and our request
re Liberty.

Yours sincerely,

A. Novis

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Greater London Authority

26 August 2010

From: [FOI #43098 email]
To: [Greater London Authority request email]
Subject: RE: MGLA020810-6605 Freedom of Information request -
Disability Hate Crime and related hostility work

The Mayor would like to thank you for your interest in his work and he is
keen to answer your query as quickly and fully as possible. As you will
appreciate, he receives a very large amount of correspondence but he is
committed to responding to your query within 20 working days.

However, the Greater London Authority (GLA) will only respond to queries
that relate to its work and will refer relevant queries to the appropriate
functional body for them to reply. Transport related queries will be
referred to Transport for London (TfL).

Please note that the GLA does not accept unsolicited job applications or
CVs. Information on current vacancies is available on our website at:
[1]http://www.london.gov.uk/jobs

Thank you for taking the time to write to the Mayor of London, Boris
Johnson.

Yours truly

Public Liaison Unit

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From: Mayor of London
Greater London Authority

13 September 2010

MGLA 270810-8386

Dear A. Novis,

Thank you for your correspondence of 26th August 2010, to the Mayor, Boris Johnson regarding Disability Hate Crime. I have been asked to respond on his behalf.

As you know, the Mayor's Deputy, Kit Malthouse, is the Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA). As your correspondence relates to a policing matter - namely that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) be present at future Liberty events to take reports of Disability Hate Crimes - it has been passed to the MPA to provide a response direct to you.

The MPA has a responsibility for ensuring that the Metropolitan Police Service is efficient, effective and fair.

The MPA aims to reply to correspondence within 20 days, and will inform you if they are unable to respond within this period. If you have any queries please contact Yvonne Peart, Information Officer, MPA, 10 Dean Farrar Street, London, SW1H ONY or email: [email address].

Yours sincerely

Mary John-Baptiste
Senior Policy & Projects Officer
Communities and Intelligence Directorate
GREATERLONDONAUTHORITY

Dear Mayor of London,
Thank you very much for this response.

For your information I chaired the MPS Disability Advisory Group
for six years till its closure this year due to lack of engagement
by the MPS.I appreciate that you acknowledge our work.

I do also advise the MPA hate crime board.

I represent UK Disabled Peoples Council a national umbrella
organisation for disabled peoples own organisations across Britain,
Wales, Scotland.

I and other disabled people in London have repeatedly requested
that the MPS be present at the Liberty event and take reports of
disability hate crime.

We asked this via the MPS DIAG, the MPA Hate crime board and to the
GLA direct when David Morris was in post as Disability Advisor.

So I do not agree with your understanding that no disabled peoples
organisations and groups have requested this presence.

Perhaps you could pass on this request and arrange that this year
the MPS is present please at Liberty and in future?

All responses will be sent to the EHRC for their enquiry on
disability related hostility in a national report I am producing
also as evidence.

Please update the Mayor on the closure of the DIAG and our request
re Liberty.

Yours sincerely,

A. Novis

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From: Enquiries

21 October 2010

Dear A. Novis

Firstly, I would like to extend my apologies for the late response to your
request which was forwarded to the Metropolitan Police Authority for an
appropriate answer.

. MPS representation at Liberty

In relation to your request for representation at Liberty, it is difficult
for officers to attend a large number of National and Pan London events
that take place within Central Westminster and undertake operational
policing as well as investigative work. This is down to the limited number
of officers' availability. Liaison officers do assist at local events
where there is direct involvement of a specific Westminster community.

However, with sufficient notice (preferably three months) to plan, a
Westminster Equality and Diversity officer or representative could attend
a future event. Sergeant Matthew Butterworth leads the MPS team of
Equalities Officers should you wish to discuss the matter further. He can
be contacted at:

Westminster Equalities and Diversity Unit
City of Westminster Operational Command Unit
5th Floor City Hall
64 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6QP
Telephone: 07765 220566

. Taking report of disability hate crime

With regards to the reporting of disability hate crime, Westminster Police
have a dedicated team of Police Officers who pro-actively police equality
and diversity issues within the communities of Westminster. The team
engages with many local community groups who facilitate third-party
reporting of hate crime involving disability issues. They have links with
two Westminster special schools to promote the reporting of hate crime. In
addition Westminster police are working with Stop Hate UK to launch a
third-party hate crime reporting scheme.

Westminster Equality and Diversity Officers also assist detectives in the
Community Safety Unit (CSU) to investigate allegations of hate crime
relating to disability issues. The officers have developed a comprehensive
'Key Individual Network' list for those Westminster residents with
disability.

In addition police officers patrol Trafalgar Square 24 hours a day, seven
days a week basis and are available to assist the reporting of hate crime
at Charing Cross Police Station. The Police Station is just 200 metres
from Trafalgar Square and has disabled access.

. Closure of the Disability Independent Advisory Group (DIAG)

In relation to your concern on the closure of DIAGs, it is clear that the
Corporate Disability Independent Advisory Group (CDIAG) had been in place
in the MPS since 2004, with you being a co-chair of the group. The CDIAG
met regularly and provided valuable advice and challenges to the MPS in
understanding the needs of and improving the services provided to deaf and
disabled people.

As part of the development of the new MPA/MPS Community Engagement
Commitment, the MPS conducted a review of a number of its engagement
mechanisms. Following consultation with members of the existing group, it
was agreed that there was a need to revise the role and membership of the
DIAG. This would allow the group to operate at a more strategic level to
better meet the current needs of the MPS.

In July 2010, the MPS hosted a "thank you" event for members of the DIAGs
and presented members with commendations for their work over the years.
Soon after, a recruitment consultant through Inclusion London was asked to
engage to assist and advise the MPS Diversity and Citizen Focus
Directorate (DFCD) on the recruitment of a new group. To identify the
skills profile required for new disability advisors, the MPS worked with
the consultant and have developed an application form, person
specification as well as designed an advert.

I hope this helpful and your concerns are addressed.

Yours sincerely

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