Lord Moylan: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the use of Community Protection Notices since 2014.
Lord Moylan: To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make an assessment of the use of Community Protection Notices, with a view to (1) ensuring compliance with statutory guidance, and (2) considering what improvements may be made to the latter.
Lord Moylan: To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish statistics on the numbers of Community Protection Notices issued by councils and police.
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office (Lord Sharpe of Epsom, OBE): It is for local areas to decide how best to deploy the powers in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014(opens in a new tab), including Community Protection Notices (CPN), depending on the specific circumstances. They are best placed to understand what is driving the behaviour in question, the impact that it is having, and to determine the most appropriate response.
The Home Office published statutory guidance(opens in a new tab) to support local areas to make effective use of these powers. The guidance sets out the importance of focusing on the needs of the victim and the local community, as well as ensuring that the relevant legal tests are met. This guidance was updated in March 2023 to ensure a victim-centred approach to tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) as well as stronger use of the powers and tools in the 2014 Act. The guidance is regularly reviewed and updated in line with stakeholder feedback on the powers to ensure greater and more consistent use.
HMICFRS routinely collect data on CPNs and wider powers directly from police forces for the purposes of inspection activity. We will be publishing the latest statistics on use of ASB powers across England and Wales by the police, including Community Protection Notices, as part of a broader piece of research on police perception of ASB powers.
On 27 March 2023, in parallel with publication of the Anti-social Behaviour Action Plan, the Government launched a consultation on the ASB powers and Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs). The consultation, which was referenced in the ASB Action Plan, was intended to garner views on strengthening powers, including CPNs, to tackle ASB; and strengthening the relationship between CSPs and Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to give PCCs a greater role in CSP activity, including how they tackle ASB. A Government response to the findings in the consultation will be published in due course.