MP calls for injunction use over evictions
Local authorities should make more use of softer powers to deal with anti-social tenants, according to the home affairs select committee chair.
Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate on anti-social behaviour, MP John Denham said councils should make early use of measures including housing injunctions and demoted tenancies. He said this should prevent the situation 'reaching the point of talking about evicting a family and all that goes with it in terms of rehousing them and making provision'.
Mr Denham also said it would be 'useful' if local authorities started publishing the number of housing injunctions they had issued as they currently do for anti-social behaviour orders.
Eddy Newman, executive member for housing at Manchester City Council, said: 'We broadly support the views outlined by John Denham and our policy is to use eviction only as a last resort. We make significant use of housing injunctions and would be happy to see figures published to reflect action taken nationally by local authorities.'