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Strong housing management which improves the quality of lives of residents while making a major contribution to del...
Strong housing management which improves the quality of lives of residents while making a major contribution to delivering sustainable communities is at the heart of a Government consultation launched today.

The 10-week consultation on a new Respect Standard for Housing Management not only aims to encapsulate the core components of an effective response to tackling anti-social behaviour and delivering respect but also builds on the achievements of some housing managers who are leading the way in dealing with anti-social behaviour.

The Government's proposals will encourage social landlords to sign up to the Standard thus signalling their commitment to helping to create, sustain and improve places where people feel bound together by shared values and where anti-social behaviour and disrespect for people and local environments are not tolerated.

Communities Minister David Miliband said the Standard focuses on getting the basics right, so that landlords and residents will know what they can expect from each other.

'If you care about quality of life, you need to care about tackling anti-social behaviour which can destabilise communities and damage individuals. To build sustainable communities we need to foster respect, putting the responsible majority back in charge. We want people to be confident in using public space and at peace in their homes.

'We recognise housing managers can't do this alone but they often play a pivotal role in delivering positive change. The Respect Standard will provide a strong platform for maximising that contribution as we seek to make sure the performance of the best becomes the norm'.

The consultation closes on 21 June 2006.

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