Wirral ready for new Home Secretary's crackdown on yobs Wirral Council says it is ready to respond to the launch of a new crackdown by the Home Secretary on anti-social behaviour.
In his first speech since taking over at the Home Office, Alan Johnson is to set out details of a website recording what councils are doing to tackle the problem of yobs.
The site will show the public how many yobs have been hit with anti-social behaviour orders, how many parents have been given parenting orders and how many closure orders have been issued against crack dens.
It is hoped the site will help the public hold town halls to account over what steps they are taking to deal with the issue.
Councillor George Davies, cabinet member for housing and community safety, said: “In Wirral, working with our partner agencies, we are already committed to tackling anti-social behaviour and its underlying causes.
"Wirral’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team is frequently held up as an example of good practice in the field and we pride ourselves in using every tool at our disposal to not only take action, but also make sure the public get to know about these actions.
"Any plans to extend powers further and raise the profile even more are welcome.”
Earlier this month Mr Johnson said the Government had been guilty of "coasting" on anti-social behaviour issues and pledged to redouble its efforts.
He said: "People will be able to see how many crack houses have been closed, how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued and how many parenting orders have been issued."
He told The Times: "I want to ensure there is particular emphasis on antisocial behaviour.
"I think we have done an awful lot on that and we have kind of coasted a bit.
"What I think we have done is rested on our laurels. We need a new drive on antisocial behaviour."
Mr Johnson, who took over from Jacqui Smith earlier this month, also said people on housing estates felt ignored by the authorities. THE GLOBE