‘Listen to deprived people on Asbos’

Opposition to the government’s stance on antisocial behaviour
should not ignore the concerns of people living in disadvantaged
areas, a leading academic said this week.

Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Joseph Rowntree professor of housing
policy at York University, told the National Regeneration
Convention that the government’s antisocial behaviour policies
often reflected the wishes of people in deprived areas.

She said: “However uncomfortable people feel about the government’s
antisocial behaviour agenda it does address some of the things that
preoccupy people who live in urban poverty.”

Fitzpatrick told the conference in Sheffield that it was the top
priority in choosing housing for people in disadvantaged

She added: “Antisocial behaviour is often talked about in terms of
social cohesion but it’s as much a social justice agenda.”

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