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British government announces program of 40 'respect zones'

British government announces program of 40 'respect zones'

Forty neighborhoods in Britain blighted by drunkenness and bad behavior will get extra funding to turn them into "respect zones," the government said Wednesday.
Towns and councils across England and Wales are being offered extra cash to help crack down on drunkenness, vandalism and school truancy, Home Office spokesman Stephen Carter said.
The zones are the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at tackling anti-social behavior _ a catchall term for petty crime and abusiveness. Prime Minister Tony Blair has made restoring respect to British society a key priority for his third and final term in office.
Blair's "respect agenda" has already spawned a host of programs and new police powers, including the introduction of anti-social behavioral orders to target offenders and the use of parenting orders to force families to discipline unruly children.
Last month, Blair announced the creation of a 4 million-pound (euro6 million; US$7.9 million) network of educational experts _ which the media have dubbed "supernannies" _ to give advice to problem parents.
Legislator David Davis of the opposition Conservative Party said the program was an admission of failure. "The fact the government are resorting to having to bribe local authorities to sign up to their gimmicks betrays just how unsuccessful they have been," he said.
The Home Office has invited a number of local communities to apply to become respect zones, Carter said. The amount of funding is still subject to negotiation.
The program will formally be launched in January.


Updated : 2020-12-04 16:43 GMT+08:00