Call for tougher action against anti social behaviour

    A report calling for tougher action on anti-social behaviour has
    been launched at the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru’s
    annual conference.

    ‘The Law – An adequate response to anti social
    behaviour? A social housing perspective’ emphasises that
    tackling anti-social behaviour is a shared responsibility with
    social landlords playing a key role.

    The report is based on results from a questionnaire of all Welsh
    social landlords and interviews with tenants. It concludes by
    recognising the role that legal action has to play in dealing with
    anti-social behaviour, but stresses the importance of prevention
    and early intervention.

    Rhian Thomas, CIH Cymru policy officer and author of the report,
    said: “Anti-social behaviour affects everyone, both landlords and
    tenants. It destroys lives and shatters communities, it is vital we
    find effective ways of dealing with this problem.”

    * The Chartered Institute of Housing in Wales relaunched earlier
    this week as the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru at the annual
    conference in Swansea.

    Keith Edwards, CIH Cymru director, said: “The change in name was
    important to reflect the process of devolution, and to reaffirm our
    continuing commitment to housing in Wales.”

    During the conference CIH president Brian Griffiths emphasised
    the CIH’s support at national level for devolution, which
    included the setting up of a Welsh board to consider policy issues
    affecting housing professionals in Wales.

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