£400,000 to tackle hate crime
by ALESSANDRO CARRARA
MAYOR of London, Sadiq Khan, has revealed plans to invest £400,000 into a grassroots fund to help counter extremism and tackle a rise in hate crime offences.
Mr Khan said racism and hate crime have “no place in the capital”, as London prepares to welcome more than 150 families from Afghanistan.
Mr Khan added: “This new investment is about
empowering communities to deliver grassroots projects that not only work to prevent violent extremism and to stop vulnerable Londoners from becoming radicalised, but to tackle racism and hate crime.
The new funding builds on the Mayor’s Shared Endeavour Fund, enabling community groups to deliver vital grassroots projects that tackle all forms of violent extremism, racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia and misogyny.
Figures show racist hate crime in London rose by nearly 15% during the pandemic, and more than 20,000 racist hate crime offences were recorded across London in the last year alone, compared with just over 17,000 in 2019.
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