Campaign group Homotopia’s figures confirmed by council
Three quarters of hate crime in Liverpool targets social tenants
Three-quarters of hate crime victims in Liverpool in the past nine months were social housing tenants.
The figure, confirmed by Liverpool Council, was revealed by campaign group Homotopia.
The council, which is part of a group set up to tackle hate crime involving social landlords and the police, records the housing status of all victims of racial, disability, homophobic, transphobic or religious hatred.
It found that 75 per cent of victims in the city in the past nine months have been social housing tenants.
The figure suggests social tenants in the city are disproportionately more likely to be victims, as only a quarter of the city’s housing stock - 57,657 properties - are social rented homes.
There have been 1,379 reported hate crimes on Merseyside in 2011/12. According to Home Office data 1 per cent of social renters were victims of hate crime nationally in 2009/10 or 2010/11 - compared with 0.3 per cent of owners and 0.5 per cent of private renters. Thirteen housing associations in Liverpool signed a pledge to tackle the problem.
Neil Townsend, divisional director at 47,000-home association Riverside, said: ‘We have signed a pledge which commits us to work to common standards, map our services and work with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.’
Bob Taylor, chief executive of 14,000-home Knowsley Housing Trust, which has signed the pledge, said: ‘We have not seen any evidence [in Knowsley] that there is more hate crime against social tenants than against
private renters or owner occupiers.’
Tess Ash, anti-social behaviour consultant at the Chartered Institute of Housing, said social tenants were more likely to report hate crime than people in other tenures as they have a social landlord to report incidents to.