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Paper 9 - 28 November 1997 Meeting

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

28 November 1997

COMMUNITY SAFETY

Report of the Policy Officer

RECOMMENDATIONS

(1) That the response of the Association on the new framework for local action, "Getting to Grips with Crime", be noted; and

(2) That the Chief Executives' Group be asked to report further on arrangements for community safety generally and for a local focus on youth crime in particular.

BACKGROUND

1. The Government is asking local authorities to take a new role in community safety. For some member authorities the new legislation will recognise a role which has already been there, but will add new powers. For others, authorities find themselves on a rapid 'learning curve'. For all authorities there are very significant resource implications but no extra Government funds to assist.

HOME OFFICE CONSULTATIONS

2. The following Home Office consultation papers have been received:-

Title/Subject

Date of Issue

Closing Date for Response

1.

Community Safety Order: A Consultation Paper

September 1997

9.10.97

2.

Getting to Grips with Crime: A new framework for local action

September 1997

31.10.97

3.

Tackling Youth Crime

3.10.1997

3.11.97

4.

Tackling Delays in the Youth Justice system

20.10.1997

12.11.97

5.

New National and Local Focus on Youth Crime: A Consultation Paper

October 1997

10.11.97

In addition the Government is conducting an urgent review of secure facilities for young offenders and the associated system of court orders.

RESPONSE FROM THE ASSOCIATION

3. The Association responded to the main consultation paper on the new framework (see Annex 1), broadly welcoming the new framework but urgently highlighting the need for resources to fund the investment required.

4. The developing agenda on community safety, locally and nationally, is highlighted in the Association's Action Plan. Lead Chief Executives are Peter Robertson, Ian Mackintosh, and Katrine Sporle. They have briefly reviewed, with the Chief Executives' Group, the many local initiatives on community safety. But there has not yet been time to see how the new framework and new powers might be implemented across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

5. Authorities were already taking account of the Audit Commission report "Misspent Youth" and it is fair to say that we have one of the best developed youth justice services in the country. This was apparent at a recent seminar organised by the Hampton Trust at which all member authorities were represented. A report on that seminar is attached (Annex 2).

NEXT STEPS

6. The next steps for the Association will be to:-

(1) review the responses of member authorities to the Home Office consultations;

(2) build on the discussions at the Hampton Trust Seminar;

(3) form an advisory group led by the Chief Executives involving community safety specialists from member authorities; and

(4) bring a further paper to the Association to help member authorities develop a framework for joint action.

NICK GOULDER
Policy Officer

Annex 1 - see "Responses" area on this website
Annex 2 - available on request

Last update: 05/09/2000
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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