Postcard protest under way over bill

A coalition of 13 charities launched a postcard initiative this
week seeking the views of more than 10,000 young people about the
government’s planned Antisocial Behaviour Bill.

The group, which includes Barnardo’s, the Children’s Society, NCH
and the National Children’s Bureau claims the government has failed
to consult young people about the proposed legislation.

“It seems wrong that young people haven’t been consulted about a
bill that could affect their lives so much,” said Pam Hibbert,
Barnardo’s principal policy officer. “We believe children and young
people should have been given a chance to have their say and make
suggestions about the bill.”

The postcards will inform young people about the proposals in the
legislation and encourage those concerned to register their protest
against the bill by sending the postcard to the home
secretary.

The coalition will announce the results in the autumn to coincide
with the report stage of the bill.

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