Agenda Item No
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) 14th January
Director of Legal, Public Protection & Housing
Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) on Council Housing
Purpose of the Report
To apprise members of the review of the Councils Housing Management
That Scrutiny considers the attached draft
Anti-Social Behaviour policy and refers the Policy to cabinet for
Reasons for the Recommendations
To ensure that all views are considered in the
development of the ASB Policy.
The Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 requires that every social
landlord prepares i) A policy in relation to ASB and ii) procedures
for dealing with occurrences of ASB.
It also provides that the Policy should be kept under review and
where appropriate publishes a revised statement.
Landlords must also publish a summary of the Policies and
In preparing and reviewing its Policy the Local Authority should
have regard to any relevant case law or guidance issued.
The current Statement, Anti-Social Behaviour Policy and Summary
were adopted in 2003. There has been additional guidance
issued to Local Authority Housing Departments since 2003 which the
Council needs to make reference to in its reviewed policy.
Relevant Issues and Options
The ASB Policy is designed to contribute to a member of the
Councils other objectives and the issues often cross-cut a number
of Council departments. The emphasis of the Policy is in
collaborative working to resolve issues at an early informal
Both WAG and Central Government have latterly issued guidance to
Local Authorities and other partners outlining what issues on ASB
Policy should address.
The ASB Policy Procedure needs to assure that it is compatible with
existing legislation including Race Relationships Act 1976 - 2000,
Children Act 1989, Disability Discrimination Act 1998, Local
Government Act 2000 and the Homelessness Act 2002.
10. The Council
commissioned Simon Inkson Associates to undertake a review of a
number of key policies in summer of 2008. The ASB policy was
one of these key areas. As part of this project the Safer Vale
Partnership and the Public Protection department were
11. The review has
culminated in the development of the attached draft ASB
1 and the department will now consult with tenants via the
Councils 'Tenants Panel'. It is envisaged that the Policy will be
implemented in April 2009.
12. In November 2008 the
WAG issued "The Wales Housing Management Standard for Tackling
Anti-Social Behaviour" which includes a voluntary standard which
Social Landlords can consider signing up to.
13. The Authority must be
able to evidence compliance with or working towards seven
commitments in order to sign up to the standard, these are listed
on pages 14-22 of The Wales Housing Management Standard for
tackling Anti-Social Behaviour guidance. Due to the size of the
document the standard has been placed in the members room for
14. The new policy is
compatible with the standard and is supportive of a number of other
new Housing Department Policies; of particular note are the Homes4U
Allocation Policy, Voids Policy, the Tenant Engagement Policy and
the Supporting People Operational Plan.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
15. This review is
resourced from existing budgets.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
16. The production and
review of an Anti-Social Behaviour Policy and summary is a legal
requirement of the WAG.
Crime and Disorder Implications
17. Effectively dealing
with Anti-Social Behaviour contributes to a reduction in Crime and
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language
18. The ASB Policy must
comply with the following legislation.
The Race Relations Act 1976 and 2000
Children Act 1989
Disability Discrimination Act 1995,
The Crime & Disorder Act 1998
Local Government Act 2000
The Homelessness Act 2002
The Human Rights Act 1998
19. This report is
consistent with the following corporate & service objectives of
Community Well Being
To make the Vale a safe and healthy place
in which individuals, children and families can
live their lives to the full
Policy Framework and Budget
20. This report is to
inform Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection)
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
21. The Housing
Department is required to consult with tenants on any material
changes to its policies.
22. The Housing
Department will need to consult with partners/agencies with which
this policy cross-cuts.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
23. Scrutiny Committee
(Housing and Public Protection)
The ASB Policy Statement
The Wales Housing Management Standard on tackling Anti-Social
Mike Ingram, Operational Manager, Public
Alun Billinghurst, Head of Public
Amy Forsyth, Anti-Social Behaviour
Peter Evans, Director of Legal, Public
Protection and Housing Services