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Nasty Neighbours Given £1.25M Rehab Package to Avoid Eviction

Magazine article Public Finance

Nasty Neighbours Given £1.25M Rehab Package to Avoid Eviction

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Nightmare neighbours who hold communities to ransom with threatening and intimidating behaviour are to be offered a last chance to change their ways before being evicted from their homes.

A £1.25m rehabilitation package, to be rolled out across 50 troubled areas in England and Wales, will offer 1,000 anti-social families intensive support, including lessons in parenting and money management.

An expert review of 67 of the most difficult nuisance families targeted by councils and social landlords found that progress had been made in two-thirds of cases.

In addition, 30% of families said they thought increased support had helped, while 39% thought their behaviour had improved as a result of a warning, anti-social behaviour order or threat of eviction.

But Home Office minister Hazel Blears said the government was determined to clamp down further on anti-social behaviour. 'That is why we are investing £1.25m to ensure that those parents who persist in letting their kids run wild or behave like yobs themselves will face intensive rehabilitation in 50 more areas across the country, backed by the threat of enforcement,' she said.

The Home Office's February 14 announcement builds on some of the work pioneered by the children's charity NCH, which aims to break the cycle of eviction faced by anti-social families by offering them constructive help. …

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