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Anti-social Behaviour

Question for Home Office

UIN 68221, tabled on 2 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Answered on

9 November 2021

The Government is absolutely committed to tackling and preventing anti-social behaviour (ASB). We know the serious impact that ASB has on both individuals and communities.

We provided the police, local authorities and other local agencies with a range of tools and powers that they can use to respond quickly and effectively to all forms of ASB through the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. These powers are deliberately local in nature, and it is for local agencies to determine whether their use is appropriate in the specific circumstances of each individual case.

In January of this year, the Home Office updated statutory guidance to support local agencies to make effective use of these powers and in July the Beating Crime Plan laid out the Government’s plan for tackling crime and ASB. This included a commitment to working with local agencies and partners to drive down ASB using the full range of powers and tools in the ‘2014 Act’.

In addition, the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund has allocated over £70m to support areas that are disproportionately affected by acquisitive crime. Many of the crime prevention measures supported by the fund, such as improved streetlighting and CCTV, are helping to tackle ASB.

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