Response: CLG consultation on possession powers for anti-social behaviour

By: Kate Webb  Published: November 2011


Shelter fully understands how anti-social behaviour can have a devastating impact on neighbourhoods and communities, and our advisers frequently support households whose lives are blighted by the antisocial behaviour of their immediate neighbours. However, we believe anti-social behaviour can be most effectively tackled when pursued through a balanced approach that combines prevention, support and resettlement alongside enforcement.

Summary

Overall we are not in favour of the proposals set out in this consultation paper for a mandatory power of possession for ASB. We believe it will lead to eviction being pursued in cases where it is not appropriate and, where tenants have access to legal representation, it will not necessarily meet the Government's aims of fast tracking the process. We are firmly opposed to the additional question proposing to extend the powers for discretionary possession to include criminal behaviour outside of the locality.

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