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Antisocial Behaviour

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the timetable for the implementation of (a) community call to action and (b) councillor call to action is; (193786)

(2) what steps she is taking to extend the community call to action to all local authority services.

“Strong and prosperous communities—The Local Government White Paper Implementation Plan: One Year On”, published in November 2007, states that Councillor Call for Action will be implemented during 2008.

On 27 December 2007 Communities and Local Government published the “Local Petitions and Calls for Action Consultation”, which seeks views on the implementation of the Councillor Call for Action. Paragraph 19 of the consultation document proposes a duty on local authorities to respond to local petitions where the subject of the petition relates to the functions of the local authority, or other public services with shared delivery responsibilities with the local authority. Paragraph 43 of the document states that the Government believe their proposed duty on local authorities to respond to qualifying petitions would amount to a community call for action, but seek views on whether other steps should be taken. The consultation will close on 20 March.