Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014
The Act was made law in March 2014 and aims to provide simpler and more effective powers to tackle anti-social behaviour and provide better protection for victims and communities.
The Act updated and expands powers for local authorities and housing providers to deal with ASB through injunctions.
Under the law, a court can issue an injunction against someone aged 10 or over if the person has engaged or threatens to engage in anti-social behaviour and it considers it just and convenient to grant the injunction to prevent the person engaging in ASB. As well as prohibiting the person from taking part in a specific activity, the injunction can also require the person to take action, for example entering a programme for substance abuse. Note: the Government has delayed the introduction of the new civil injunction until at least January 2015.
In particular, the Act also introduces the new ‘community trigger’ and ‘community remedy’, seeking to empower victims of anti-social behaviour by giving them a greater say in how agencies respond to complaints of anti-social behaviour and in out-of-court sanctions for offenders.
The Act is now available at www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/12/contents/enacted
In addition statutory guidance on following the Act has also recently been released by the Government.
If you have any queries regarding the Act please contact our main office on 0345 677 2277 or 01495 761100 (for mobile phone calls) or email us