Departmental Polices

Home Department written question – answered on 23rd February 2005.

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Photo of Ms Lorna Fitzsimons Ms Lorna Fitzsimons Labour, Rochdale

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the effects of his Department's policies to combat antisocial behaviour in Rochdale.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The Government's TOGETHER campaign helps local people and agencies to tackle and not tolerate antisocial behaviour. TOGETHER applies across all England and Wales including the hon. Member's constituency.

Rochdale has a comprehensive antisocial behaviour strategy, and this is prioritised in Rochdale's Police Reassurance project and plans. This sets out how different delivery agencies are working together to synchronise the effort and impact on antisocial behaviour.

Rochdale has also introduced an alcohol ban scheme, which is a joint project between the Community Safety Team, Trading Standards, pubs, clubs and the police. Any person involved in alcohol related incidents outside or near to a public house or nightclub will be banned for 6 or 12-months from all the pubs and clubs involved in the scheme.

Between April 2004 and December 2004, Rochdale has seen a 4.9 per cent. reduction in neighbourhood problems such as youth nuisance, criminal damage, public disorder and domestic disputes.

52 ASBOs have been issued since 1999 and over 30 acceptable behaviour contracts issued and signed by individuals.

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