Barbara Keeley MP


Prime Minister tells Barbara that councils can be given further powers to tackle nuisance neighbours

news73Questioning the Prime Minister during his weekly question and answer session, Barbara pressed for councils to have access as soon as possible to new powers to enable them to insist that those who had been evicted from a neighbourhood as a result of anti-social behaviour orders will also have to undertake a rehabilitation programme to improve their behaviour.

Barbara said:

“Salford City Council has been very effective in reducing anti-social behaviour through using anti-social behaviour orders, joint working, and the ‘Together’ action line. However, we still have some problem families who can make other residents’ lives a misery.

“Can my right hon. Friend tell me when we will be able to take forward the measures to insist on rehabilitation for people evicted as a result of antisocial behaviour, so that nuisance neighbours are helped to change their behaviour and not just moved around?"

The Prime Minister replied:

“My hon. Friend is right to draw attention to the problems of anti-social behaviour. As a result of the new powers, drug dealers’ homes can be shut down and people can be evicted from them, and anti-social behaviour orders and dispersal orders have a real effect in many communities.

“However, we are looking to see how we can strengthen this still further. We particularly want to ensure that those who are evicted and then receive new tenancies do so under the strictest possible conditions and restraint, and that we have a system to ensure that where people move across different areas there is some sharing of the available information.

“Anti-social behaviour is still a huge issue for people in very many communities, but the new powers and resources are making a real difference where they are being applied. I make it clear again that if the police and local authorities want even further powers to deal with it, we shall give them those powers.”

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