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Appalling cost of Labour's failure to address anti-social behaviour


David Davis has taken the Government to task after a cross-party group of MPs revealed that the cost of responding to reports of anti-social behaviour is running at 3.4bn a year, while the Home Office has carried out no assessment of how effective their various anti-social behaviour initiatives actually are.

With drunken yobs turning parts of towns and cities into no-go areas at night-time, the Shadow Home Secretary protested: "This shows that the financial cost of Labour's failure to tackle anti-social behaviour is in the same league as the cost of the human misery suffered by the countless victims."

Mr Davis declared: "This failure comes about because Labour's approach has been to get the headlines and ignore the problem. They go on about the record number of ASBOs given out whilst ignoring the fact that nearly two-thirds are breached. They spin endlessly about neighbourhood policing, but then quietly abandon a manifesto pledge to provide 24,000 police community support officers by next year. As for the increased use of fines - over half of these do not get paid."

He stated: "The Conservatives would slash police red tape and put more police on our streets. We would also make our police truly accountable to the public so that their priorities reflect those of the communities they serve."

The report, drawn up by the Commons Public Accounts Committee, said the Home Office had failed to examine which anti-social behaviour measures introduced since 1997 were most effective. Committee chairman, Conservative MP Edward Leigh, said anti-social behaviour after dark ranged from drunken skylarking and intimidation to out and out criminal activity. He said: "The Home Office has not done any work nationwide to find out which ones work best among the barrage of measures available."

24/07/2007
Davis, David

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