Magazine article Public Finance

Tackle Antisocial Behaviour - or Explain Why Not

Magazine article Public Finance

Tackle Antisocial Behaviour - or Explain Why Not

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Police forces and local authorities that do not use the powers they have been given to tackle antisocial behaviour will be forced to explain themselves to residents, Hazel Blears has told Public Finance.

The Home Office minister said her department was working with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to draw up 'trigger mechanisms', which would allow communities blighted by crime and vandalism to ensure that local agencies were using the powers available to them to maximum effect.

Local agencies now had a suite of powers they could use to tackle problem behaviour, Blears said, but they were not always being applied. These included antisocial behaviour orders and individual support orders.

'There are areas where, for whatever reason, people are not enthusiastic about using these powers, which can make a real difference to communities and peoples lives,' Blears told PF. …

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