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Council re-affirms commitment

to tolerance and inclusivity

Page last updated at 22 July 2016 at 12:01

Eastleigh Borough Council has issued a clear statement of its determination to make the borough a more tolerant and inclusive place.

The Council has issued the statement in response to an alleged rise in racist and xenophobic incidents and hate crimes in some parts of the country and concerns expressed to Councillors by local residents.

Cabinet Lead for Youth & Social Policy Cllr Steve Sollitt said, “All Councillors and all officers at Eastleigh Borough Council, work to ensure that the borough is a tolerant and inclusive place. We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our country. Our council condemns racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally. We will not allow hate to become acceptable.”

He added, “We will work to ensure that local organisations and programmes have the support and resources they need to fight and prevent racism and xenophobia. I reassure all people living in this area that they are valued members of our community"

The Borough Council’s policies reflect this commitment, notably through its work with the Community Safety Partnership and funding provided to many voluntary organisations that work with vulnerable groups in our community.

The Council has a strong Equality and Diversity Policy which requires high standards of behaviour from Councillors and officers. Local people who witness an incident of racism, xenophobia or hate crime should report it to the local police.