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Antisocial Behaviour

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1351W, on anti-social behaviour; what criteria the Government plan to use to determine whether an area is eligible for respect zone funding. (128663)

(2) how much has been allocated to respect zones for 2006-07; and how much each participating Government Department contributed towards such funding.

Respect Areas were confirmed on 22 January 2007. The only additional funding which is currently available in return for securing Respect Area status, is access to up to £125,000 from the Department for Education and Skills to help improve parenting programmes linked to tackling antisocial behaviour. This funding is available for 2007-08 only.

Respect Areas have been identified from a longer list of 77 areas with significant challenges, based on an index of data covering rates of deprivation, public perceptions of antisocial behaviour, teenage pregnancy, truancy and use of antisocial behaviour orders. The 40 Respect Areas have been identified as having a track record in taking action to tackle antisocial behaviour and have demonstrated a commitment and capacity to do more.