Friday 10 January 2014

IPNA wounded but the danger remains

The House of Lords has defeated the Coalition's move to replace ASBOs with Injunctions To Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance (IPNAs) amidst much ridicule of the proposal's shortcomings and its potential misuse. See my story 'Don't punish children for being children  HERE 

Peers backed Lord Dear's amendment to the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill that would replace the phrase "nuisance and annoyance" in the legislation with "harassment, alarm or distress" – the words used for ASBOs. He forced a vote on the issue despite the Home Office minister, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, promising talks on the issue and possible concessions if he withdrew his amendment.

The Government seems intent on pushing the matter so it is too soon to start celebrating. The debate resumes on Tuesday.

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