Promoted by Mark Ward-Jones on behalf of the Torfaen Constituency Labour Party at 27 Brunel Road, Fairwater, Cwmbran, Torfaen NP44 4QT.
Cllr Bob Wellington CBE, Leader of the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and Leader of Torfaen County Borough Council today issued the following statement on behalf of the WLGA:
Councils across Wales are proud to celebrate the diversity of our communities from Butetown to Bangor. We also have a historic tradition of tolerance which has been at the heart of Welsh civil society based in our firm foundation as a bi-lingual nation. Councils have been at the forefront of welcoming asylum seekers and refugees from all parts of the world for many years. We value the contribution they make and we applaud how Welsh communities have welcomed those driven from their homes in situations of unimaginable crisis. We have also fully supported the free movement of workers across the EU. Across our councils in service areas like social care the workforce has been enriched by the presence of people from countries like Germany, Poland and Spain providing essential support to our communities.
It is pleasing to report from the police that despite a few isolated incidents there has been no noticeable spike in reports of hate crime across to Wales. In comparison the National Police Chief’s Council said 331 hate crime incidents have been reported to a national online reporting site. It is really important therefore that we monitor the situation and ready ourselves against any rise in hate crimes or abuse by those who might use last week’s referendum as cover to seek to divide us. Welsh councils working with our public sector colleagues especially the Police remain fully committed to all our integrated communities across Wales.