In December 2013, the Scottish Government published a report outlining the work undertaken since the publication of the national strategy on antisocial behaviour, ‘Promoting Positive Outcomes’. The report advised that the Scottish Government was considering a number of suggestions for legislative change to The Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 which would help improve the response to antisocial behaviour. The proposed changes are set out in this consultation paper.
The Scottish Government is broadly happy with the way in which the legislation is working to tackle antisocial behaviour. Engagement with police and antisocial behaviour local officials has reinforced our view that there is no need for fundamental legislative reform. Rather, the changes suggested in this consultation are largely technical changes that will help practitioners to use the existing legislation and systems in place more effectively.
The topics covered by the consultation are Standard of proof required for ASBOs; Variation of interim ASBOs; Service of ASBOs; Information sharing with private landlords; Use of Closure Orders; and Antisocial Behaviour Fixed Penalty Notices.
All consultation responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us reach a decision on how to move forward.