Secretary of State David Blunkett is proposing a raft of controversial legislation in his white paper Respect and Responsibility (in itself sounding like language borrowed from a rap sheet) in an effort to stamp down on anti-social behaviour. This white paper offers an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the proposals
They include a ban on spray paint sales to juveniles which the council's trading standards department is already encouraging on a voluntary basis, a ban on air guns for juveniles, removal of housing benefit and empowerment for housing associations to remove bad tenants, fixed fines for a wide range of anti social behaviour to all age ranges not just adults and giving councils the power to close noisy clubs and pubs.
The legislation also covers graffiti, fly-posting and fly-tipping, all of which are problems to varying degrees in Brighton and Hove.
Perhaps the most controversial element is the prosecution of beggars which many agencies think is not appropriate and will not be effective. The legislation is to be introduced in April 2003.
For a copy of the white paper (pdf file 568KB) click on the link below: www.official-documents.co.uk
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