Investigating anti-social behaviour on housing estates

ANTI-social behaviour on Hackney’s estates is the focus of a new joint review by two of the borough’s Scrutiny Commissions.

Members want to hear from residents who live in any of the borough s housing estates for their views on what is being done to tackle the issue.

The joint review by the Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission and Living in Hackney Scrutiny Commission has been launched as a result of an Audit Commission report published in February this year stating that Hackney Homes should improve its policies, practices and procedures on the issue.

During the coming months Commission members will visit estates, and meet with officers from Hackney Youth Services; Safer Neighbourhoods Teams; examine the work of the family intervention project and of voluntary sector groups such as Victim Support. Hackney Youth Parliament will also contribute to the review.

Cllr Deniz Oguzkanli, Chair of the Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission, said: “This review has been launched after residents told us in this year’s annual Scrutiny Survey that their top priorities were making the borough safer; addressing fear of crime; affordable housing; and quality social homes. We want a better understanding of how the Council is working with its partners to tackle these issues.”

Cllr Harvey Odze, Chairman of the Living in Hackney Scrutiny Commission, said: “Anti-social behaviour can have a marked impact on people’s quality of life, and we want to know how effective the Council and police are in tackling this, and what more might be done to help residents in these circumstances.”

Following these investigations, the Commissions will make recommendations on how public sector agencies involved can improve how they tackle anti-social behaviour on housing estates.

Scrutiny Commissions are made up of Councillors from all political parties who investigate issues of local concern. Reviews are evidence-based and non-political.

The Living in Hackney Scrutiny Commission considers issues relating to the environment, sustainability, housing, and culture.

The Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission considers issues including crime and safety, community development, social inclusion, the voluntary sector and lifelong learning.

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