anti-social behaviour 'excellent' in Lancashire says report
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
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
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."
To read the report in full, click this link:-
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
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
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
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
LCRenergyswitch.co.uk 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