Steve consults housing associations on proposed changes to anti-social behaviour legislation

Steve has contacted housing associations operating in the Selly Oak constituency to ask for their views on proposed changes to anti-social behaviour legislation.

 

Following the publication of a draft Bill to reform anti-social behaviour legislation; Steve has asked housing association officers for their views on the proposed changes.

 

The Government intend to replace Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions (ASBIs) and Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) with Injunctions to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance (IPNAs) and Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs). The Home Affairs Select Committee recently scrutinised the Bill and made a number of recommendations.

 

In particular, the Committee expressed dismay at the notable absence of provisions to strengthen inter-agency co-operation and the monitoring of compliance; which could undermine the new powers.

 

Steve said:

 

“When I last consulted constituents on these changes they were anxious that scrapping ASBOs would leave them more vulnerable to anti-social behaviour than at present.

 

“With this in mind, I’ve contacted housing associations with properties in my constituency to ask if they have had an opportunity to consider the changes and whether or not the changes will make it easier for them to protect tenants from anti-social behaviour.

 

“I will use the feedback to inform my work on the Home Affairs Select Committee and in the House of Commons when legislation is eventually introduced.”

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