Funding for tackling antisocial behaviour in Scotland announced

    Funding for local communities to tackle antisocial behaviour was
    announced by Hugh Henry today as it emerged that no local
    authorities have used powers to issue antisocial behaviour orders
    to children as young as 12, which came into force four months ago,
    writes Clare Jerrom.

    Under the Antisocial Behaviour Act, powers were given to local
    authorities in October to extend antisocial behaviour orders from
    over-16s to children aged between 12 and 15-years-old.

    However, a Scottish executive spokesperson confirmed today that
    no authorities had used the powers to place an asbo on a child
    under-16.

    At the same time, deputy justice minister Hugh Henry announced
    that £30.83 million was being earmarked for tackling
    antisocial behaviour in 2006-7 and this would rise to £33.16
    million in 2007-8.

    It is likely the money will be spent on strengthening existing
    services including specialised antisocial behaviour teams,
    mediation services and community wardens.

    Henry said: “Funding alone will not solve the problems of
    antisocial behaviour – it needs to be targeted at areas of
    local concern and it relies on the commitment of all
    partners.”

     

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