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Antisocial Behaviour

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been allocated to tackling antisocial behaviour in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since the inception of such programmes. (228719)

The Home Office has not allocated any direct funding to tackle antisocial behaviour in Jarrow which falls within South Tyneside local authority. Home Office funding allocated to the North East including South Tyneside can be found in the following table.

Between 2003-04 and 2007-08, the Home Office made £34.4 million available in each year specifically and solely to tackle antisocial behaviour. This includes funding for the TOGETHER, then Respect Programmes respectively and a grant for antisocial behaviour co-ordinators.

The antisocial behaviour co-ordinator funding has been renewed for the period 2008-11, and the Home Office contribution to ABG in England amounts to some £61 million, with £3 million available for Wales in each year (the same in cash terms as in 2007-08).

The antisocial behaviour co-ordinator funding forms part of the unringfenced Area Based Grant (ABG) in England. The position in Wales is slightly different, whereby the funding for Community Safety Partnerships has been consolidated into the Crime Reduction and Anti-Social Behaviour National Resource Grant. In both England and Wales, it is for local partnerships to agree how the grants received should be allocated against locally determined priorities, including antisocial behaviour.

There are many funding streams that impact on antisocial behaviour. A more detailed account can be found in the report by the National Audit Office “Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour” (HC99 2006-07, December 2006). Other Home Office led activities also act to tackle antisocial behaviour, for example the introduction of community support officers, but a monetary value cannot be assigned to that contribution. Similarly, other Government Departments fund services that directly bear upon antisocial behaviour. For example the Crown Prosecution Service provides a network of specialist antisocial behaviour prosecutors, and Her Majesty's Court Service provides specialist antisocial behaviour response courts. There are many other programmes and services that contribute, sometimes indirectly, to tackling antisocial behaviour, including diversionary activities for young people, action against enviro-crime such as fly-tipping, neighbourhood wardens, as well as neighbourhood policing and neighbourhood management. A more detailed account can be found in the report of, and evidence to, the Home Affairs Select Committee's report on antisocial behaviour (Fifth Report, Session 2004-05, HC80).

£

Financial year

Total

Area

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Middlesbrough

71,500

132,314

388,060

591,874

Newcastle

84,232

252,411

445,000

781,643

South Tyneside

15,000

199,423

345,000

559,423

Sunderland

196,030

282,698

521,993

1,000,721

Darlington

77,208

268,000

345,208

Derwentside

190,000

190,000

Easington

53,000

60,954

115,000

228,954

Hartlepool

99,068

195,000

294,068

Redcar and Cleveland

315,000

315,000

Gateshead

53,000

60,000

175,000

288,000