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TACKLING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR - WHO PAYS?

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Scotland's housing professionals are to give Scottish Affairs Committee proposals on dealing with anti-social behav...
Scotland's housing professionals are to give Scottish Affairs Committee proposals on dealing with anti-social behaviour a qualified welcome on Friday, at a seminar in Edinburgh.

Most importantly, they will ask questions about who will pay for the measures to be implemented.

Alan Ferguson, director of the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland, said: 'We are concerned about who will pay. Tenants already bear the brunt of the costs of existing measures, but we know that owner-occupiers are also perpetrators.

'If local authorities, in particular chief executives and councillors, are truly concerned about anti-social behaviour, they must be prepared to bite the bullet and fund certain key initiatives through the General Services Account'.

The Institute also calls on the Scottish Office to put more resources into tackling the problem, by financially assisting local authorities and Scottish Homes and by directing funding some of the initiatives suggested by the committee.
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