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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-03781
Asked by: Pam Gosal, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 15 October 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it will provide to (a) local authorities and (b) Police Scotland to tackle any rises in antisocial behaviour.

Current status: Answered by Ash Regan on 29 October 2021


Answer

We are committed to ensuring that police and local authorities continue to have the powers and resources needed to further reduce antisocial behaviour in our communities, including investing in prevention and early intervention.

Criminal Law (Consolidation) Scotland Act 1995 Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004, section 96 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, section 18 - 22 of the Public Order Act 1986 and section 38 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 provide both Police Scotland and local authorities with sufficient existing powers to tackle instances of antisocial behaviour. The Scottish Government continues to support Police Scotland and local authorities in using these powers appropriately and proportionately.

The Scottish Government is always open to looking at how we can improve the approach being taken to tackle antisocial behaviour for the benefit of all communities and we are currently engaging with the Scottish Community Safety Network (which has links into all of Scotland’s local authorities and Community Planning Partnerships) to use their expertise and knowledge to help to inform our approach to tackling antisocial behaviour.