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What is being done about anti-social behaviour?

This explains what is being done in the Swansea area to tackle anti-social behaviour.

What powers does the Council have to deal with ASB?

The Council acts in conjunction with the Safer Swansea Partnership to help tackle ASB.  These include:

  • Acceptable Behaviour Agreements
  • Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs)
  • Housing Injunctions Demoted Tenancies
  • Demoted Tenancies
  • Court Orders to deal with specific situations, such as Closure Orders or Parenting Orders.

in addition to:-

  • Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Court Orders for Possession

Please remember that any cases to be brought before a court will require a high standard of evidence for the matter to be successful.

Here is a bit more information on these:

Landlord's Conditions of Tenancy

Housing Services is determined to ensure that residents on our estates are able to enjoy a quality of life without suffering at the hands of the minority who act is an anti social manner.

The Housing Service will seek to combat anti-social behaviour through the use of traditional landlord powers of enforcing tenancy conditions through warning letters, Notices Seeking Possession and Court Orders for Possession together with the remedies that have introduced through recent legislation such as Housing Injunctions.

The Safer Swansea Partnership ASB Procedures

The Housing Service also plays a proactive role in the Safer Swansea Partnership which is made up from agencies who work together to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in Swansea.  The Safer Swansea partnership was formed as a result of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 which placed a statutory responsibility jointly on the Council and the Police to form a local crime and disorder reduction partnership.  The new duty has been designed to encourage local communities to not only identify local problems but to become actively involved in devising solutions.  The Police organise PACT meetings (Partnership and Communities Together) which may be attended by housing officers in your local area.  These meetings are advertised locally and allow residents to voice their concerns about issues that concern them, including ASB.  Partner agencies, including housing and the police may refer investigated incidents to the Partnership's ASB team.  The ASB team have a 4 step plan for dealing with those people who have been behaving in an anti-social manner.

The 4 Step Plan

Step one involves a warning letter being sent out, and calling on the person to stop the behaviour.

Step two will be taken if the problem persists and will include a follow-up letter and a home visit by members of the ASB team.  This visit will aim to identify and address problems - such as difficulties within the family or at school - which may underlie the behaviour.

Step three will occur if a third referral is received and the individual has not engaged with the process.  A case conference drawing together all the relevant agencies is called to work with the individual to try to find a way forward.  This may result in an acceptable behaviour contract being drawn up, which the individual will be required to sign, along with parents if necessary.

Step four may be an approach to the magistrates' court for an anti-social behaviour order.

Generally a complaint of ASB will not usually result in ASBO as preventative methods are always attempted and an ASBO will only be issued as a last resort in the most serious and persistent of cases.

Anti-Social Behaviour Act Orders

Apart from ASBOs, the magistrates are able to grant a variety of orders to tackle a wide range of problems.  In conjunction with using legal powers, the Safer Swansea Partnership will also work with young people to provide activities that encourage positive behaviour.
 

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