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ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR TRAILBLAZERS

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BIRMINGHAM

Birmingham City Council was yesterday announced as one of the first government

trailblazers to tackle anti-social behaviour. The

council has made a commitment to ensure that there will be 'no nuisance

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.

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

behaviour trailblazers.

The city - through the crime and disorder partnership - will work closely

with the government's anti-social behaviour unit to tackle problem

behaviour.

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.'

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