Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill

The Government published the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill on 9 May 2013. It contains provisions around anti-social behaviour, dangerous dogs, forced marriage and a range of other issues. The Bill, which applies in England and Wales, takes forward measures to:

  • focus the response to anti-social behaviour on the needs of victims
  • empower communities to get involved in tackling anti-social behaviour
  • ensure professionals can protect the public quickly through faster, more effective powers and proposals to speed up the eviction of the most anti-social tenants
  • extend the existing dangerous dogs legislation on to private property
  • make forcing someone into a marriage a criminal offence.

Amongst the anti-social behaviour provisions in the Bill there are two important new measures to help focus the response to such behaviour on the needs of victims:

  • a ‘Community Trigger' to give victims and communities the right to require agencies to deal with persistent anti-social behaviour that has previously been ignored. The trigger could be activated by a member of the public, a community or a business if repeated complaints about anti-social behaviour have been ignored.
  • a ‘Community Remedy' to give victims of low-level crime and anti-social behaviour a say in the punishment of offenders out of court. This means that victims will get justice quickly, and the offender has to face immediate and meaningful consequences for their actions.

LGA briefing for House of Lords Second Reading of the anti-social behaviour crime and policing bill (PDF, 4 pages, 250KB)

LGA briefing for Lords Committee Stage of Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Bill – 12 November 2013 (PDF, 5 pages, 252KB)

Local Government Association (LGA) briefing for Report Stage of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill (Lords)
8 January 2014 (PDF, 5 pages, 240 KB)

7 January 2014

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