213% Rise In Disability Hate Crime ‘Fuelled’ By Benefits Propaganda, Say Campaigners

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Deplorable hate crimes against people with disabilities have risen by a shocking 213% since 2007/08, new figures reveal.

Figures from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) show there were 574 reported cases of disability hate crime in 2014, up from 183 in 2007/08.

A total of 4,000 cases of disability hate crime have been brought by the CPS since the offense was first introduced in 2007.

However, Stephen Brookes from the Disability Hate Crime Network said the worrying figure is likely to be much higher, because too many instances of disability hate crime or either not reported or are overlooked.

“I believe the number of people actually suffering is equivalent to the number who report religious and race hate crime each year – 60,000″, said Mr Brookes.

Last year the former director of public prosecutions, Ken MacDonald, said the police and CPS were often overlooking cases of disability hate crime, despite disabled people being “abused, injured, or murdered”.

Offenses include verbal abuse and harassment, physical assaults, the sickening vandalism of wheelchairs and vehicles displaying a Blue Badge, which allow mobility restricted sick and disabled people to park nearer to supermarket entrances and other locations.

Disability rights campaigners claim the rise is largely “fuelled” by Government welfare reforms, negative newspaper reports and TV programmes such as Benefits Street, misleadingly portraying people on benefits as ‘scroungers’.

Linda Burnip, co-founder of the grassroots campaign group Disabled People Against Cuts, said:

“This figure shows a shocking increase in disability hate crime, which is no doubt fuelled by the constant media fuelled campaign against benefit claimants.”

The Crown Prosecution Service launched a new Disability Hate Crime Action Plan in 2014 in a bid tackle the rising problem, the Sunday Express reports.



  1. disability hate crime has always been there, but now the perpetrators know they can commit these offences . it should be made law that this is a crime, people who were gay and other groups of people so called different too the norm were often persecuted, people of different ethnicity as well. Laws have been put in place to make sure it is an offence. disabled people have the equality law, but that is not enough. if it was made law to leave disabled people the right to live in safety and without harrasment, so called anti disabled would leave the disabled people alone.

  2. The thing is politicians and news reporters keep flagging the myth that the disabled get £500 a week. Only people with massive amount of children would get this sort of dosh. People come home from work put the news on and are taken in by this rubbish. Aside from that I do think that it ought to encompassed in law that we can get the perpetrators of thee crimes prosecuted.

    • £500.oo a week and a free car, don’t forget that, and Sky, holidays, free parking, it’s a wonderful life and yes I am being sarcastic 😉

      • Errm you have been watching too much tv It isn’t true for the majority of us. I don’t know anybody getting £500 a week unless they live in high rent I don’t have sky tv or go on holiday I can’t afford it and seeing a I am bed bound and can’t stand up at the ripe old age of 60 I can categorically tell you for the mot what you think is true is a lie

        • Sorry Jenny I was just being sarcastic about how people imagine disabled peoples lives are. I’m a full time carer for my disabled wife and my sense of humour doesn’t come across well in typed format

  3. Disability hate was always going to be a part of a bogus welfare reform. Just look at the Atos Medical. One size fits all no matter whether on your death bed or servilely mentally challenged or if you lost all your limbs.
    A man lying dying in a hospice was said to be 100% fit for work. he died two days later. Atos declined to comment.

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