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Antisocial Behaviour: Blackpool

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to reduce antisocial behaviour in Blackpool since 2005. (223128)

[holding answer 10 September 2008]: We are strongly committed to tackling, not tolerating, antisocial behaviour. That is why local crime and disorder reduction partnerships were introduced under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. These enable the police, local authorities and other agencies representing the local community to work together to identify the crime and disorder problems in their area and take action to tackle them.

Blackpool was confirmed as one of 40 areas in January 2007 to lead the Respect Area programme by the strong track record in tackling antisocial behaviour and a willingness and capacity to do more.

As a Respect Area, Blackpool signed up to:

Family Intervention Projects

More Parenting Classes for parents struggling with troublesome children.

Face the People sessions where the police, local authorities and others can be accountable to their local public.

Keep up the relentless action to tackle anti-social behaviour by using the full range of tools and powers available.

Using the Respect Housing Standard to prevent and deal with any problems in social housing.

The work of the Respect Task Force is now being undertaken by the Youth Taskforce—established at the Department for Children, Schools and Families to focus on delivering positive outcomes for young.

Blackpool utilises the full range of the tools and powers available to tackle antisocial behaviour as set out in their ASB strategy.