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LGA CONF: STRAW TELLS COUNCILS TO NIP ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR IN THE BUD

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The home office will publish guidance based on best practice to encourage local authorities to make more use of ant...
The home office will publish guidance based on best practice to encourage local authorities to make more use of anti-social behaviour orders, home secretary Jack Straw told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning.

Mr Straw said that in his address to the Local Government Association today, he wants 'to get over to local authorities and the police that these orders can be very effective indeed'.

He acknowledged that councils may be deterred by the cost and bureaucracy of setting up orders. But he said, 'they are a small investment for a big return', allowing councils to save money in the long term by nipping anti-social behaviour in the bud.

Cath Robinson, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, told Today that Manchester favoured using the orders. 'They're costly and they're time consuming, but at the end of the day they send out a clear message', she said.
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