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HOME AFFAIRS SELECT COMMITTEE INTO ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

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The government published its response to the home affairs select...
The government published its response to the home affairs select

committee report into anti-social behaviour today.

Home Office minister Hazel Blears said:

'I am grateful to the committee for its thorough examination of the

issues surrounding anti-social behaviour and the measures government

is taking to tackle it. The committee has endorsed the government's

TOGETHER campaign, and given its support to the work of the

Anti-Social Behaviour Unit.

'The committee found that the balance between enforcement action and

support for individuals was right. Our recent 'One Year On' report

shows just what is possible when the public comes forward and takes

responsibility together with committed individuals and agencies to

tackle the menace of anti-social behaviour.

'The majority of people in the UK do not behave anti-socially, and

want to see action taken against that minority whose behaviour can

blight entire communities and make lives a misery. We are starting to

see success, with police and local authorities making enthusiastic

use of enforcement powers open to them. New measures in the Housing

Act 2004 came into force just this week to help social landlords

tackle anti-social behaviour, including measures to suspend tenants'

right to buy on the grounds of anti-social behaviour.

'The prime minister's focus on 'respect' has struck a chord with

people across the country, and we are committed to improving the

safety and well being of our communities by addressing anti-social

behaviour. We will continue to work closely with police, local

authorities and other agencies to tackle alcohol-fuelled crime and

disorder.

'Our newly published Violent Crime Reduction Bill proposes the creation of alcohol disorder zones where licensed premises will be required to contribute to the costs of dealing with alcohol-related

disorder.'

Notes

1. A copy of the government's response to the home affairs select

committee report into anti-social behaviour can be found here.

2. More information about the government's work on anti-social

behaviour can be found here.

3. New provisions in the Housing Act 2004 came into effect on Monday

6 June. Further information can be found at

www.together.gov.uk/article.asp?c=76&aid=3418

4. The home affairs select committee report was published on 5 April

2005.

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