Briefing - Anti-Social Behaviour Bill: Second Reading

By: Marc Francis  Published: April 2003


This Shelter briefing focuses on Part 2 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill that set out new powers for social landlords to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Summary

The briefing also sets out the context within which these measures should be seen. It was produced for the Bill's second reading on 8 April 2003.

Shelter believes the response to anti-social behaviour should meet a number of tests and should, in particular:

  • Be effective in tackling behavioural problems and addressing the causes of those problems
  • Strike the right balance between prevention, support and enforcement
  • Provide practitioners with practical, proportionate tools that they can understand and use
  • Be consistent with wider policies to tackle homelessness and reduce poverty
  • Make effective and appropriate use of the courts
We are concerned that, as it currently stands, the Bill does not meet these tests.

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