According to Freedom of Information figures obtained from police forces in England and Wales there were 6 263 disability hate crimes in 2018-2019 up 12% in one year:
According to the Scottish Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service, in 2018-19:
- 289 charges were reported with an aggravation of prejudice relating to disability, three more than in 2017-18 when 286 charges were reported (an increase of 1%).
- This is the highest number of charges reported since the legislation creating this aggravation came into force in 2010.
- There is a broad consensus however that this type of crime continues to be under reported compared to other forms of hate crime.
England and Wales have around 11 times the population of Scotland so, pro rata, you’d expected disability hate crime in the former to be at around 11 times 289 or 3 179 but, based on these figures it’s twice as common.
This is not, of course, a precisely, like-for-like statistical comparison here, but given that other forms of hate crime are lower in Scotland, perhaps this has at least something in it?