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Welcome to the learning4housing blog. I will be posting my thoughts and opinions on a range of issues facing the social housing sector. You are more than welcome to post your comments, whether you agree or disagree on the points. The aim here is to stimulate some debate on these issues, whether they are about current government policy or about best practice in housing management or strategy.

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Friday, July 5

New Anti-Social Behaviour Legislation

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill is currently making its way through the Parliamentary process. When the Bill is passed and becomes law, there will be far-reaching changes to the ways that social landlords and other agencies, deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour. The promise by the Coalition to abolish ASBOs will be kept, and many other orders and legal remedies will also be removed, and replaced by new orders. These changes are designed to reduce the numbers of legal orders that are available to tackle ASB and to streamline the remedies that can be used. Also, with a nod to localism, the Government intend to introduce a 'community trigger' which will place duties on enforcement agencies to deal with incidents of ASB.

In short, the Bill proposes the introduction of the following:
  • A new Criminal Behaviour Order
  • Injunctions to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance
  • New Dispersal Powers
  • Comunity Protection Notices
  • Public Space Protection Orders
  • Closure of Premises Orders
  • New Grounds for Possession of Secure and Assured Tenancies for ASB

As the Bill progresses through Parliament, we will be highlighting any important discussions and amendments to the Bill.

It is important for social landlords to be fully aware of the implications of the new legislation and for front-line housing officers and ASB teams to prepare for these changes.

Once the legislation has been passed, Learning4Housing will be providing open access and in-house training workshops which will highlight the changes and the new approaches that will be needed to meet the legal requirements.

Training will also be provided for tenants and board members, as they will also have important roles to play in making the most of the new legal framework.

For more information, please contact David on 07986 246406 or at 

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