The Home Office is committed to ensuring that all responsible authorities implement Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act (1998). In relation to local authorities, the current Audit Commission process looks at how well local councils deliver their services under the comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA). Inspections of English district and top tier councils include community safety with a specific focus on section 17 compliance.
The introductions of statutory national standards for all crime and disorder reduction partnerships later this year will further support partners meet their requirements under section 17.
The Government introduced section 17 as part of the provisions of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, which was supported by guidance designed to assist partnership members implement section 17 remit at local level. It has been kept under review since its inception; the bodies covered by section 17 were extended by the Police Reform Act 2002, and the scope of activities covered by section 17 were extended by the Police and Justice Act (2006) to include antisocial behaviour.
This inclusion will assist in delivering the Governments Respect programme which aims to ensure that a range of local agencies, including local authorities, tackle antisocial behaviour and its causes.
The response to section 17 duties is therefore the heart of an effective response local response to the Respect programme.