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Anti-social action squad set to tackle housing sector

The announcement was made on 1 April 2010 by the Housing Minister John Healey when he also published new guidance developed by CIH for council and housing association landlords, outlining how they can use the powers available to them to crack-down on anti-social behaviour and improve the lives of their tenants.

The three new recruits, Tess Ash, Chris Grose and Vanessa Maginley, will work on a regional basis with housing providers who need most support to reduce instances of anti-social behaviour, improve the fabric of their communities and bring about lasting change for their tenants.

Based within CIH, the team will seek to share existing best practice, help landlords make the best use of existing resources and ultimately help secure improvements in services delivered to tenants. The team forms part of a £10 million initiative, announced last November by the Government, to tackle ASB in 130 authorities across England, with a strong focus on capacity building amongst practitioners and supporting the delivery of locally agreed standards.

TSA Executive Director Tenant Services Phil Morgan, said, “Tenants have told us that dealing with anti-social behaviour is a top priority for them and we have recognised this in our new neighbourhood and community standard.   The team will play in crucial role in tackling ASB which causes so many problems for communities up and down the country.”

CIH Head of Practice, Debbie Larner, said: “This team will pull together the best work that is already happening in tackling anti-social behaviour in the sector. It can play an incredibly important role in helping landlords and tenants prevent and stop behaviour that is causing disruption in communities. We think this is an excellent opportunity for sector-led improvement to make a real difference in practice.”

John Healey said: "Our homes and communities should be places where people like living and feel safe.  But in some areas a small number of people are ruining that and where this happens we need to take action.

“Council and housing association landlords are not just responsible for the bricks and mortar – they also have a duty to act when tenants’ lives are made a misery by anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhood.  This guidance will help them to use the range of powers at their disposal to do just that.

“And the new national standards for both council and housing association landlords which come into force today, mean tenants should have increased confidence that quick and effective action will be taken.”

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