Police forces across the England and Wales will be obliged to tackle anti-social behaviour in the event that five households or greater issue complaints relating to another resident in their area, according to the Government. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has said that a “community trigger” would avoid the need for victims to repeatedly report the same issues. Labour, meanwhile, has described the new proposals as “weak”.
The Government has vowed to launch five pilot schemes in the summer, which will force local authorities to take action against anti-social behaviour when five separate households raise a complaint about a problematic neighbour. Mrs. May highlighted the local authorities that the Government had already begun working to trial the “community trigger” scheme, ahead of the summer pilot scheme launch. However, Gloria DePiero, the Shadow Home Office minister, has condemned the plans, describing Mrs. May as “out of touch” with anti-social behaviour issues. Ms. DePiero has criticised Mrs. May for failing to tackle the issue sooner and has pointed out that the proposals seem to suggest that problems relating to anti-social behaviour would only be taken seriously in the event that several households raised complaints. During her announcement on anti-social behaviour, Mrs. May also told of how long-awaited changes to police officers’ incomes and allowances would be made, maintaining that the job would remain “well-paid”.
Duncan Lewis clients who experience problems with anti-social behaviour should contact their local authority and/or the police. In addition to contacting the authorities, they may wish to consult with a housing law solicitor, particularly in the extreme cases.