Delegates felt that parents need to be educated on the best diet for their children as the cause of much bad behaviour in children is due to a poor diet. They felt that there needs to be a switch of emphasis – instead of constantly telling children what they can’t do we should try telling them what they can do! It was felt that this proposal could be linked with the 5 Pillars of Citizenship which are being introduced to the Education System at present and that parenting classes should be offered as there is not as much support from family/extended family for parents these days.
Delegates voted largely in favour of the introduction of parenting classes and parenting orders but were split on the issue of voluntary parenting orders, with very few delegates Capable Property Conveyancers voting on this proposal. It was felt that this proposal wouldn’t work if perpetrators didn’t have money or a cash card with them and that the proposal was divisive and would create a two-tier system. It was proposed that Community Service Orders should be used instead as skills can be learnt from these. Delegates voted unanimously against Fixed Penalty Orders and unanimously in favour of Community Service Orders.
Delegates felt that this proposal could make the system much quicker, which is vital. However, there were questions about whether perpetrators could be forced to attend and the issue of all parties being made aware of the range of sanctions that could be imposed. It was felt that this procedure could be done ‘Judge Judy’ style which would be much cheaper than the court system. Delegates voted unanimously on the introduction of Community Justice Centres
TPAS has advocated Housing Tribunals as a quick and, hopefully, effective way of dealing with ASB, especially that encountered by tenants in social housing.
For example, a two-bed flat on a low rise housing association estate would have a target rent of £89.27 a week, while a two-bed flat in a converted house in the same area would have a target rent of £137.36 a week.
Despite the many different rent policies of social landlords and differing levels of rents, the structure of social housing rents is fairly flat across London. The University of Birmingham’s research shows that Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s average rents are currently very close to those of Notting Hill Housing Trust; on average, the Trust’s rents are 1.4% higher.