The first 40 Respect areas that will receive extra cash to tackle antisocial behaviour were announced today by home secretary John Reid.
Chosen local authorities have signed up to a range of measures including family intervention projects. They will receive £6m of Department for Education and Skills funding to run parenting classes in 2007/08.
The number of antisocial behaviour orders issued has almost tripled since 2003, government figures published today show.
There were 4,060 Asbos issued in 2005, up from 3,440 in 2004 and 1,336 in 2003, an increase of a 203.9 per cent, according to the Respect task force. The figures brings the total number of Asbos issued since the orders were first introduced in 1999 to 9,853.
There has been a 90 per cent increase in the number of acceptable behaviour contracts and agreements.
Since being introduced in 2003, 18,349 of the behaviour contracts have been issued across England.
The figures also showed that parenting orders have more than doubled since being introduced in 2003 – up from 652 to 2,268.
The government says the 40 local authorities chosen as Respect areas are not the worst places for antisocial behaviour but have a strong record of tackling it, with a commitment to do more.
The government published its Respect action plan in January 2006.
The 40 councils to become Respect areas are:
Blackburn with Darwen Council
South Tyneside Council
The London boroughs that will become Respect areas are to be announced separately at a later date.
Antisocial behaviour plans announced by Blair