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Tenant ASBOs

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New regulations laid before Parliament in January give Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs) powers to apply for Anti-Social Behaviour Orders.

The Government says it is part of its Respect programme about giving people power and a sense of ownership over their services and public spaces. Tenant Management Organisations and Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs) already have responsibility for the day-to-day running of the homes in their area such as rent collection, house allocations and lettings. The new powers – the Local Authorities (contracting out of Anti-Social Behaviour Order Functions) (England)  Order 2006 – will give local residents a greater say, it is claimed, in how their estates are run and support them in ensuring that disruptive, anti-social behaviour is dealt with.

ASBOs – a court order prohibiting a person from specific anti-social acts or from certain areas - could be used against, the authorities say, noisy neighbours to nuisance, harassment and race hate crime, with a maximum of five years in prison if breached. There will be safeguards to ensure the new powers are used responsibly, but, where a TMO has been assessed as competent, the Government says it sees no reason why it should not be delegated ASBO functions.

What PM says

Prime Minister Tony Blair said: “No-one knows better how to transform a community than the people that live there. Nothing undermines a sense of community more than the kind of disruptive and aggressive actions that we associate with anti-social behaviour. Local people are increasingly playing a bigger role in the decisions that affect them and the areas in which they live. The new extended powers will ensure that those people who are most affected by anti-social behaviour can take the swift action that is needed to stamp it out.”

Welcome

Hazel Harding, chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer Communities board, welcomed the news. She said: Giving local people the power to make a positive contribution to their community will provide a real shot in the arm in the fight against anti-social behaviour. Tackling anti-social behaviour often requires the help of a number of different groups of people, and councils will continue to work closely with residents to stamp out the yobbish behaviour which too often blights the lives of decent, law-abiding people. Councils will make sure these new front-line powers are used in the best interests of the community, giving local people the support and resources they need to stop anti-social behaviour before it starts. Councillors are elected to put local people first, and these new powers for residents will make sure that they have a real, positive impact on their local communities."

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