Speaking at a MENCAP Cymru event to mark Learning Disability Week the Minister recognised the contribution people with learning disabilities make to local communities across Wales and outlined how the Welsh Government would tackle hate crime and help create safer communities.
Jane Hutt said:
"Cases of hate crime are shocking and unacceptable. People with learning disabilities should feel free to live their lives without discrimination and fear. I want Wales to be a fair society which is built upon principles of equality, shared values and understanding.
"The Welsh Government is fully committed to put in place a Framework for Action across Wales to tackle hate crime as part of the Programme for Government and the Strategic Equality Plan.
"This is being delivered in collaboration with stakeholders across Wales, where there is a clear drive and commitment. We are working closely with the Disability Hate Crime Action Group to identify actions going forward.
"As part of our work developing the Framework I am pleased to announce that there is an on-line questionnaire on the Welsh Government’s website so we can get your views on what our priorities should be.
"I’d like to encourage everyone to complete the questionnaire and tell us about the personal experiences and challenges they have faced. By working together we can address these challenges and make everyone’s communities safer places to live, work and play."