Government responds to Equality and Human Rights Commission Report on Disability Related Harassment

The Governemnt has today responded to the Inquiry report saying;

"The Government is committed to ensuring that everyone has the freedom to live their lives free from fear of targeted hostility or harassment on the grounds of a particular characteristic. It believes that disability-related harassment and hate crime should be viewed and dealt with just as seriously as any other type of harassment and hate crime.

Government Response to Hidden in Plain Sight, the Equality and Human Rights Commission Report on Disability Related Harassment” responds to the recommendations made by the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report into disability-related harassment “Hidden in Plain Sight.

It builds on the work set out in the “Challenge it, Report it, Stop it – the Governments plan to tackle hate crime”, and set outs the breadth of work being undertaken across government to tackle disability-related harassment and hate crime".

The cross government response to Hidden in Plain Sight was compiled by the Home Office and the Ministry for Justice who are responsible for issues that relate to the criminal justice system and hate crime; and the Office for Disability Issues who work collaboratively across government to make sure that the requirements of disabled people are reflected in their work.

The Home Office and Ministry for Justice collated responses to those recommendations relevant to the Criminal Justice System; and the Office for Disability Issues collated the response from other relevant departments: the Department for Education, the Department of Health; Department for Communities and Local Government, and the Department for Transport.

You can read the response here