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.
7 January 2014