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House of Commons Hansard
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Antisocial Behaviour
11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps he has taken to reduce levels of antisocial behaviour. [297982]

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Over the past 12 years we have introduced a wide range of tools and powers to tackle antisocial behaviour which are being used by practitioners to bring relief to communities across the country. We are committed to driving down antisocial behaviour by supporting victims and making all local partners take fast and effective action against it.

On 13 October we announced a package of measures to improve the collective response to ASB, building on the Government's success in driving down antisocial behaviour. These are:

Encouraging Crime and disorder reduction partnerships to make full use of the use of tools and powers;

Challenging all CDRPs to set minimum local service standards so that the public have a clear set of commitments and know what they can hold agencies accountable for;

Stepping up action on breach of ASBOs including through better case management, increased publicity and the use of community impact statements;

Ensuring effective links between neighbourhood policing and neighbourhood management teams to resolve ASB in the community;

A new deal for victims and witnesses of ASB including extension of Victim Support service to victims and witnesses bringing ASB cases in the magistrates courts; funding for 85 new victims champions in pioneer areas, and those where people have high perceptions of antisocial behaviour; and

A national training campaign for ASB coordinators to improve their victim work.

In addition, the Policing Pledge, which puts the police on the side of victims, will be strengthened in the White Paper.