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