Birmingham City Council was yesterday announced as one of the first government
trailblazers to tackle anti-social behaviour. The
neighbours in Birmingham without sanction by 2005'.
The council's specialist Anti-social Behaviour Unit was set up in June to
strengthen its commitment to increasing community safety and provide
support and advice to local initiatives to deal with anti-social behaviour.
In addition the unit will work closely with the government's Anti-social
Behaviour Unit to ensure that anti-social behaviour in the city is dealt
with quickly, effectively and decisively, through the full use of
wide-ranging powers available.
As a trailblazer Birmingham has committed to targeting at least 150
households in the next 18 months. Nuisance neighbours will not be allowed
to be anti-social to those in their area without a resolute response from
The council will take increased legal action through the use of Anti Social
Behaviour Orders (ASBOs), Criminal Anti-social Behaviour Orders (CRASBOs)
and civil injunction proceedings. Enforcement action will also be taken
against perpetrators of street crime, robbery, racial incidents and
domestic violence as well as tackling issues of drug dealing, street
prostitution, aggressive begging, intimidation and bullying.
Mick Rice, cabinet member for local services and community
safety, said: 'We are delighted that Birmingham has been announced as a
trailblazer for the government's programme to tackle anti-social behaviour,
as this is an important part of our Your Are Your City campaign.'
'Birmingham's priority is to create flourishing neighbourhoods and we must
ensure that people feel safe in their homes and on the streets. Anti-social
behaviour by a very small minority affects whole communities. Together with
our partners we can and will achieve change'.
MANCHESTER CITY COUNCIL
Manchester has been selected as one of the government's anti-social
The city - through the crime and disorder partnership - will work closely
with the government's anti-social behaviour unit to tackle problem
Manchester City Council - a member of the crime and disorder partnership -
has already built a nationwide reputation for its anti-social behaviour
work, not just in enforcement but in mediation and rehabilitation. It is
already linked with the national charity, NCH, working with problem
families to improve their behaviour.
As a trailblazer, it will attract extra funding to expand its work with
problem families - the target is at least 150 families. This would be
backed by early intervention by a number of agencies, including housing,
social services and education.
Deputy leader of Manchester City Council, Kath Robinson, who
is a member of the partnership, said: 'We welcome the government's
announcement that Manchester is one of the national trailblazers in this
field. This is all about ensuring that people respect each other and work
towards creating a decent society where everyone's rights to a peaceful and
safe life are paramount. Enforcement might stop bad behaviour but we need
to go beyond that and work to change behaviour on a permanent basis. That
is why it is important to work with families to change the way they live,
to help them become more responsible citizens.'
Steve Mycio, Manchester City Council's deputy chief executive and chair of
the crime and disorder partnership, said: 'We have shown that we are
prepared and will continue to take tough action against the worst problem
neighbours and we have already been very successful in that area.
However, we recognise that in some families the problems are deep and
varied, and if we are to change their behaviour for the better, we need a
more comprehensive and wide-ranging approac h and that is what the
trailblazer will allow us to do. We welcome the government's support.'