Antisocial Behaviour

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2008, Official Report, column 697W, on anti-social behaviour, what assessment her Department has made of the proportion of local authorities that have processes in place to respond to local petitions from members of the public.

Photo of Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government

On 27 December 2007 the Government published a consultation on "Local Petitions and Calls for Action". Paragraph 19 of the consultation document proposes a duty on local authorities to respond to local petitions where the subject of the petition relates to the functions of the local authority, or other public services with shared delivery responsibilities with the local authority. The consultation closed on 20 March.

A number of local authorities have indicated in their response to the consultation that they have established processes for handling petitions. As the consultation document stated, it is the Government's ambition for

"everyone, no matter where they live, to have the confidence of knowing that their concerns will be taken seriously".

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