Ministers to set out anti-social behaviour plans
Plans to give communities more power to address anti-social behaviour are to be set out later today.
The government is publishing a white paper, Putting victims first – more effective responses to antisocial behaviour. These include a ‘community trigger’ that will allow residents to demand action, and replacements for anti-social behaviour orders.
Under the community trigger agencies involved in tackling anti-social behaviour will have to act if they receive five similar complaints. The measure is being piloted ahead of its full introduction.
The government also wants to overhaul the range of orders used to deal with problem behaviour. It intends to scrap anti-social behaviour orders, and reduce the number of different measures from 19 to six.
The new measures will include criminal behaviour orders, which will ban individuals from certain places after a criminal conviction, and crime prevention injunctions, a civil order issued to prevent anti-social behaviour escalating into a criminal offence.
In a written ministerial statement issued ahead of the publication of the white paper, home secretary Theresa May said: ‘Many police forces, local authorities and social landlords are working hard to deal with these problems.
‘However, too often, the harm that antisocial behaviour causes, particularly when it is persistently targeted at the most vulnerable people in our society, is overlooked. At the heart of our new approach is a fundamental shift towards focusing on the needs of victims, rather than the type of behaviour.’