Addressing Anti-Social Behaviour - Housing Associations

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The prevalence of anti-social behaviour has increased over the past few decades, and this is particularly apparent in poorer and deprived areas of the UK (Collins and Cattermole 2006). One consequence of these incidences is the cost of the damage incurred to the public purse. Recent statistics from the government that for 2005 this amounted to £3.4 billion (Home Office 2006), which excluded the cost to insurance companies, members of the public and their property. In an effort to reduce the level of anti-social behaviour in the UK, over the past few decades consecutive governments have introduced a number of regulations, legislations, including the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 (HMSO 2003), and other intervention policies aimed at addressing this issue.

As a means of ensuring enforcement of these regulatory requirements, government has passed part of this responsibility on to local Housing Associations (HAs) as they own a number of properties in many of the areas most affected by anti-social behaviour. However, Housing Associations tend to operate on a limited budget, which may adversely impact on their ability to carry out these compliance duties. It is this dichotomy between responsibility, capability and budget that is examined in the current report. The main objectives are therefore to: Identify the extent to which cost constraints limit the ability of HAs to successfully comply with their regulatory duties Examine the extent to which alternative remedies may to address anti-social behaviour while at the same time reducing the budget commitment of HAs The report commences in part two by providing an understanding of the meaning of antisocial behaviour and an examination of government policy and HA enforcement obligations. For part three of the report, the existing legal and alternative remedies that are available to HAs are assessed in more depth. This is followed by a brief overview of the cost of compliance for the HAs before the report is concluded.