The government has announced a crackdown on anti-social
behaviour including stiffer measures to punish parents of children
who disrupt communities.
A new white paper, ‘Respect and Responsibility – Taking a Stand
Against Anti-social Behaviour’ , unveiled by home secretary David
Blunkett, includes fast tracking of parenting orders and
anti-social behaviour orders.
Parenting orders may also involve a residential requirement.
A proposal to withdraw housing benefit from individual tenants
has been revived, and will be put out for consultation.
Fixed penalty notices of £100 will be available to
environmental health officers to tackle noisy neighbours.
Probationary tenancies will be used for disruptive tenants followed
by fast-track eviction, and rehousing will not be an option.
Anti-social tenants will lose their right-to-buy. Children from
‘dysfunctional’ families will be given intensive fostering.
Other measures include:
- Streamlining of the number of authorities that deal with
‘chaotic families’ so that intervention is “intensive”
and “co-ordinated” – more detail will come in the forthcoming
children at risk green paper
- Parents of truanting children will be required to sign new
- When a children is given an anti-social behaviour order the
court will also have to consider a parenting order
The white paper is available