UK - Blair launches respect zones to help towns fight anti-social behaviour (UK)

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  1. Lunar Loops

    Lunar Loops Driftwood Platinum Member & Advisor

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    What's a matter you? Hey, gotta no respect?......

    Well, here's a novel idea eh Mr Blair? Oh, and do we have something novel to blame for the anti-social behaviour in these areas? What's that you say? Oh, I see "I think it's to do with drugs and the drugs culture". Now are we sure whether that is a cause or a symptom or of any relevance at all?

    Do you live in an area of no respect?

    This from The Guardian (UK):

    Blair launches respect zones to help towns fight anti-social behaviour

    · Forty areas in England designated for crackdown
    · New funding to help families get lives in order

    David Ward
    Tuesday January 23, 2007
    The Guardian

    The government yesterday renewed its determination to crack down on anti-social behaviour by unveiling 40 "Respect" zones where councils will be given extra help to deal with families and individuals who make life miserable for others.
    The zones, ranging from Exeter to Newcastle upon Tyne, were selected using indices such as deprivation, high levels of anti-social behaviour, truancy and school exclusion levels. All of the areas, according to ministers, have a strong track record of achievement in tackling anti-social behaviour and its causes.

    Announcing the initiative, Tony Blair said several factors led to anti-social behaviour. "I think it's to do with drugs and the drugs culture and, it's a difficult thing to say, but there are a small number of very dysfunctional families where the kids are not being properly brought up."
    Speaking in Brighton, one of the new zones, he added: "What happens outside someone's front door ... where it is intimidating, threatening and unpleasant and where the quality of life has diminished - that's why this is vitally important."
    Councillors and officials in Bolton, Greater Manchester, welcomed the town's new status as a Respect zone and at least £105,000 in funding to help problem families get their lives in order. The council launched a family intervention project, run by the charity NCH, in 2003 and has so far worked with 73 families and 142 children, with promising results.
    "The Respect agenda is not just about tackling unacceptable or anti-social behaviour but is about taking this further and reaching more people and communities," said Cliff Morris, Labour leader of Bolton council. "It aims to create a modern culture of respect by working on the underlying causes of bad behaviour, whether in the school, community or elsewhere."
    Bolton and other councils will be expected to use a range of measures including family intervention projects, parenting classes, Asbos and "face the people" sessions in which police, councilors and others are held to account by the public.
    The home secretary, John Reid, said ministers wanted to support good work already being done. "However much we can talk about the great issues of the world, people open the door in the morning and walk into what is their world, which can be disrupted by anti-social neighbours, by drug dealers or by young offenders. Their life becomes a misery."
    The extra funding would strengthen the contract between local authorities, police and the local communities, he said.
    In Bolton, the council uses Asbos - 83 are in force - but also has a policy to tackle the root causes of anti-social behaviour. It has so far drawn up 447 voluntary acceptable behaviour contracts and claims a 72% success rate. Up to 16 hours a week intensive support is given to families at risk of losing their homes because of anti-social behaviour. The council insists they are not offering "tea and sympathy" but challenges parents to put their lives in order, making sure children go to school and that the family's finances, shopping and meals are under control.
    At Withins school, a comprehensive in one of Bolton's areas of highest deprivation, headteacher Phillip Mather said: "Most parents are keen to work with us. If they find it hard to get their children to toe the line at home, we may have more success by working together. We try to tell our students that living on a council estate does not mean you have had a lobotomy, that you have a chance to succeed."
    A local chip shop owner, Paddy Williams, was not convinced. "Only a minority of kids cause trouble," he said. "They get to about 20 and calm down - and then the next generation starts." The 40 Respect areas are:

    Birmingham city council
    Blackburn with Darwen borough council
    Blackpool council
    Bolton metropolitan borough council
    Bournemouth borough council
    Brighton and Hove city council
    Bristol city council
    Burnley borough council
    Bradford metropolitan district council
    Coventry city council
    Derby city council
    Doncaster metropolitan borough council
    Exeter city council
    Gloucester city council
    Harlow district council
    Hastings borough council
    Ipswich borough council
    Kingston upon Hull city council
    Kirklees metropolitan council
    Knowsley metropolitan borough council
    Leeds city council
    Leicester city council
    Liverpool city council
    Manchester city council
    Middlesbrough council
    Newcastle city council
    Norwich city council
    Nottingham city council
    Oldham metropolitan borough council
    Plymouth city council
    Portsmouth city council
    Salford city council
    Sandwell metropolitan borough council
    Sheffield city council
    South Tyneside council
    Southampton city council
    Southend-on-Sea borough council
    Sunderland city council
    Wirral metropolitan borough council
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