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Issue:- 11 April 2013

Tackling anti-social behaviour 'excellent' in Lancashire says report

THE 'Personal, Situational and Incidental Vulnerabilities to ASB Harm' report from the Universities' Police Science Institute has (April 4, 2013) been presented to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies (HMIC).

The report is a follow-up to the HMIC's 2010 and 2012 Inspection reports and looked at how incidents of ASB are reported, tackled and monitored. Lancashire came top of all Constabularies in terms of overall performance when dealing with ASB.

The Constabulary was also rated as 'excellent' in the areas of IT input and analysis; follow up contact, management and communication.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, Clive Grunshaw, said:- "This report makes very good reading for Lancashire Constabulary. It is proof of the efforts the force has made to monitor, report, approach and assess anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the County. Furthermore, the report shows how the Constabulary is aware of and is tackling the wider impact of ASB, such as victim support and reoffending. In my newly-published Police and Crime Plan, I have made ensuring a swift and effective response to reports of ASB a priority. Putting the needs of victims first and protecting the vulnerable is also a clear aim. This report shows the Constabulary is prioritising these areas; having been deemed to be performing excellently by updating those who have reported incidents of ASB and providing on-going assessments of their cases. Clearly there is always room for improvement. This report offers an incentive to continue this good work in the long-term and I will continue to work with the force to achieve this. Working with our partners will be key to improving the way we tackle ASB and look to promote targeted initiatives to contribute to tackling this type of crime, reoffending and the needs of victims."

Chief Superintendent Stuart Williams said:- "We are extremely proud of these findings, particularly as the report focuses on victims and looks at how we help them through what are often really traumatic experiences. Anti-social behaviour is reducing in Lancashire but still causes misery to people's lives so I'm pleased to hear that our concentration on vulnerable people, repeat offenders and areas with the highest problems has been recognised. However, we will not become complacent, we know there is still plenty to be done and we will continue to work with our partner agencies to put significant resources into tackling these issues."

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Liverpool City Region launches new collective energy switching scheme

THE Liverpool City Region (LCR) Collective Switch will give householders from across the region the chance to join together to get a better deal on their gas and electriCity supply, and save hundreds of pounds on their energy bills each year.

The scheme is organised by Wirral-based charity, Energy Projects Plus, together with the Liverpool City Region local authorities.

Anyone can join the LCR Collective Switch. Those who have never switched their energy supplier or who haven't switched in the last 12 months are likely to benefit most from the collective switch. Working together makes it safe and easy to switch supplier and householders could typically save £189 per year on their energy bills.

More than 1 in 5 households across the City Region are currently living in fuel poverty.

This scheme aims to help those people to reduce their fuel bills whilst enabling them to keep warm in their homes.

The LCR Collective Switch is backed by Halton Council, Knowsley Council, Liverpool City Council, Sefton Council and Wirral Council.

It's free to join and householders will be able to see how much they would save before they decide if they want to switch suppliers.

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, who leads on low carbon issues for the City region, said:- "People in our region are concerned by rising fuel prices but many aren't on their energy supplier's best tariff. The LCR Collective Switch scheme aims to cut through the confusion and make it easy for people to switch their tariff and get a better deal on their energy bills. We hope that everyone will join in and see how much they could save by collectively switching."

Councillor Tim Moore, City Council cabinet member for climate change and transport, said:- "At a time when families across the City are struggling to make ends meet, it makes great sense for them to be able to cut their energy bills which, for many households represent a very high proportion of their spending. Fuel poverty rates in Liverpool, are extremely high and that is why we, as a City, have been pushing for a collective switching scheme. By joining together we can help cut the cost of energy and I would urge as many people as possible to take advantage of this scheme."

The scheme will be launched on 15 April 2013, when householders will be able to register online or by phone.

You can find out more and express your interest in joining the switch at or by calling the local Save Energy Advice Line on freephone:- 0800 043 0151, where residents can also get free and impartial help and advice about saving energy at home.

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