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Antisocial Behaviour

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2008, Official Report, column 697W, on anti-social behaviour, what assessment her Department has made of the proportion of local authorities that have processes in place to respond to local petitions from members of the public. (199151)

On 27 December 2007 the Government published a consultation on “Local Petitions and Calls 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. The consultation closed on 20 March.

A number of local authorities have indicated in their response to the consultation that they have established processes for handling petitions. As the consultation document stated, it is the Government’s ambition for

“everyone, no matter where they live, to have the confidence of knowing that their concerns will be taken seriously”.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2008, Official Report, column 697W, on anti-social behaviour, what plans she has to (a) issue guidance and (b) consult on the draft guidance, on councillor calls to action. (199152)

On 27 December 2007 the Government published the “Local Petitions and Calls for Action Consultation”, which sought views on the implementation of the Councillor Call for Action. The consultation asked what matters ought to be excluded from the Councillor Call for Action process and in paragraph 41 invited input on what guidance should be provided.

The consultation closed on 20 March.