Prime Minister Tony Blair visit Toothill Village Centre in Swindon on 10 February to launch the next stage of the Labour Government?s drive to clampdown on anti-social behaviour, to tackle its causes in the home, classroom and local community, and to build a culture of respect in society.
The new measures in the ?Respect Action Plan? focuses attention on the prevention of anti-social behaviour as well as dealing with bad behaviour when it occurs. It includes strategies to tackle problem families, reduce school truancy and dramatically increase numbers of police community support officers on our streets.
The Respect Action Plan places tackling problem families at the heart of measures to tackle the causes of disrespect and anti-social behaviour.
South Swindon MP Anne Snelgrove said, ?I was very excited for Swindon that the Prime Minister chose to visit Toothill, to announce the new plans and talk to resident’s of the area. The eyes of the country were on Swindon today.
?Already in Swindon we have seen the new powers the Government has introduced to crack down on crime in action ? with three crack houses closed down and 21 ASBOS issued across the town. The Government’s new plans include strategies to tackle problem families, reduce school truancy and dramatically increase numbers of police community support officers on our streets.
?The Respect Action Plan will make Swindon a better place to live. These measures ensure everyone in Swindon lives in a safe area and in a community where those who play by the rules are respected.?
The Prime Minister said: ?Respect is about being considerate of the consequences of our behaviour for others ? and there is strong public concern where it is disregarded. When respect for self, others and the community breaks down anti-social behaviour takes hold.
?The challenge is to nurture and, where needed, enforce a modern culture of respect which the majority of people want. This is what the Labour Party is committed to achieving for the good of the hard working majority in our society.?
The Prime Minister helped council workers using new equipment to clean graffiti off the walls of Toothill?s shopping centre and met with residents who had been affected by anti-social behaviour to discuss the Respect Action Plan.
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