I am amazed how Mr Gelling can openly accuse the Landlord and Merseyside Police of possibly "victimising" social tenants . For any asb/criminality to lead to possession proceedings being instigated it must already be pretty serious. Nearly all asb complaints received are from tenants about tenants (although admittedly a small percentage are from Owners/PRS tenants and leaseholders...but often about other householders etc)
The point Mr Gelling misses whilst attempting to "destigmatise" social tenants is that he could be perceived as attempting to defend criminality/ serious asb and those tenants ultimately responsible for making others' lives a misery.....whatever tenure they hold.
Tenants relationships with their Landlord should take a back seat when the entire local community (often) is up in arms because people think they can act as they please irrespective of who is affected.
Social tenants are often represented in very high numbers as victims of asb ....the majority of those I listen to , like myself , firmly believe that there can be no excuse for anti-social behaviour,
I commend Plus Dane for offering this shared training with Merseyside Police which hopefully will make a real difference by forcing those destructive familes who can someteimes terrorise whole estates/areas to face up to the likely dire consequences of their actions much earlier , and also help Neighbourhood Police team members to better understand Housing / Tenancy Law and certain aspects of Good Housing Management.
I am all for stigmatising criminals and ridding neighbourhoods of anti-social tenants AND residents, this acheme will enable much speedier action against more serious cases of asb no matter the tenure of the perpetrator/s.