Hate crime is on the increase.
Currently the law treats different groups unequally in the protections it offers. The Law Commission is investigating the case for legal reform. This June 2019 thinkpiece (pdf) from Equally Ours reviews the evidence and options for reform from an equality perspective.
The report recommends greater ‘parity’ and ‘clarity’ in the law to ensure equitable treatment and levelling up of protections for different groups.