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Antisocial Behaviour Orders

Volume 457: debated on Wednesday 7 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost is of obtaining an antisocial behaviour order. (125789)

[holding answer 6 March 2007]: A Home Office study carried out in 2004 revealed that the average cost of obtaining an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) was £2,500. This is a substantial reduction compared to an earlier review of costs published in 2002, which indicated an average cost of £4,000 to £5,000.

Costs have fallen as a result of increased efficiency as practitioners become more familiar with ASBOs, and the introduction of orders on conviction which removes the need for separate hearings.

The study found that, overall, police and local authorities using ASBOs find them cost effective. The cost to society of not taking action against persistent antisocial behaviour is much higher.