Leeds Tenants Federation recognises that anti-social behaviour is currently the most pressing issue for tenants and residents.
We will put our resources into helping tenants and residents to give evidence against perpetrators of anti-social behaviour (ASB).
We will provide training to help residents understand the legal processes for dealing with anti-social behaviour; to help them fill in nuisance diaries and to encourage them to act as witnesses. We will promote the Taking a Stand Award and give publicity to people and groups who have stood up against ASB.
We want to see effective and fast action taken to deal with anti-social behaviour. In particular we will press for increased accountability within landlords and the ASB Unit. Complainants should be given a named officer whose responsibility is to pursue the case and keep the complainant updated. Priority must be given to ensuring that complainants are kept informed, are aware of the processes and are kept safe and supported throughout the case.
We believe that the balance of resources needs to be shifted towards preventative action rather than enforcement. We want to see more work with families and young people to deal with problem behaviour before it becomes so serious that there is not alternative but enforcement action.
Too often the legal enforcement options like eviction or ASB Orders, simply cause the problem to be moved into a different tenure or a different neighbourhood. We would like to see more work with perpetrators to correct their behaviour avoiding the need to implement final sanctions.
We will challenge the view that anti-social action is predominantly caused by young people and we will support and promote activities for young people, and projects that aim to build bridges between age groups. We believe that young people are often discriminated against by housing organisations and other agencies and that their needs are often ignored or understated. We believe that housing providers should make sure they are aware of the needs of young people and be able to offer a range of support options to enable young people to live independently.
We support the use of neighbourhood wardens and believe they have a very positive impact on people’s feelings of security. We believe that they can provide a valuable service as witnesses to anti-social behaviour and should be seen as a valuable resource in the building of sustainable communities.
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