Acceptable behaviour contracts and local authorities
Produced in partnership with Morayo Fagborun Bennett of Hardwicke
Acceptable behaviour contracts and local authorities

The following Local Government guidance note Produced in partnership with Morayo Fagborun Bennett of Hardwicke provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Acceptable behaviour contracts and local authorities
  • Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
  • Reform of anti-social behaviour powers (2014)
  • Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs)
  • Uses of an ABC
  • Is an ABC suitable for the situation?
  • Which perpetrator is an ABC suitable for?
  • Preparing for the ABC meeting
  • ABC meeting
  • Drawing up the ABC
  • more

Anti-social behaviour (ASB)

ASB is a broad term used to describe day-to-day incidents of crime, nuisance and disorder. ASB includes behaviour such as littering, vandalism, noise nuisance, aggressive dogs and abusive neighbours.

Local authorities may be required to deal with ASB in both a housing and a non-housing context. In a housing context, a landlord may be required to deal with ASB between neighbours and members of their households or involving uninvited visitors to estates. In a non-housing context, ASB may include street drinking, gangs of youths and prostitution.

Reform of anti-social behaviour powers (2014)

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ABCPA 2014) received Royal Assent on 13 March 2014. It has reformed the tools available for dealing with ASB. The aim was to consolidate remedies and to make the process simpler and more effective. In July 2014 the government issued new statutory guidance: Reform of anti-social behaviour powers: statutory guidance for frontline professionals July 2014. This guidance was updated and replaced in August 2019.

ABCPA 2014, Pt 6, introduces community remedies, which seek to put the victim of ASB first and to empower members of the community affected by such behaviour.

Community remedy document

Each local policing body must prepare a community remedy document for its area listing actions which may be appropriate to be carried out against a