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Anti-Social Behaviour Orders

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the application of anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs); and what recent discussions he has had with (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations on the effect of the use of ASBOs on community cohesion. (293884)

A Home Office research study carried out in 2004 showed that the cost of obtaining an Anti-social behaviour Order (ASBO) had significantly reduced since 2002 when this was previously assessed. Local agencies using Anti-social behaviour Orders (ASBOs) find them cost effective. The cost of not taking action is much higher.

Since ASBOs were introduced in 1998 there have been real changes in how people feel about anti-social behaviour: 17 per cent. of people felt that levels of ASB in their areas were high in 2008-09 compared to 21 per cent. in 2002-03. The tools and powers introduced by this Government over the last 11 years are working: the 2006 National Audit Office report on anti-social behaviour found that 93 per cent. of people desisted from ASB after the third intervention.