Commission to review role of public authorities in tackling disability hate crime

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is to ask Hinckley and Bosworth Council to provide evidence it is compliant with its legal duty to eliminate disability related harassment, following the Coroner’s Inquest into the deaths of Fiona Pilkington and her daughter Francecca.

Following research into hate crimes we published earlier this year, the Commission has already set in train a wider review into how public authorities are meeting their legal duty to eliminate harassment of the kind suffered by the Pilkingtons.

The Commission has statutory powers to ensure that public authorities comply with the Disability Equality Duty, which specifically lists elimination of harassment due to disability.

The Commission will also be contacting the Independent Police Complaints Commission to find out the scope of its Inquiry before deciding whether to take any further action.

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