The Secret ‘ASB Minimum Standards’

It seems MPS Lewisham and Lewisham Council think their joint ‘Anti-Social Behaviour – Lewisham Minimum Standars of Response’ document is none of our (residents/ASB victims) business…

throughout 2010, in desperation trying to find out what should be being done, searches of Lewisham Council’s website re ASB, and general internet searches for Lewisham and ASB etc, did not bring this important document to light.

I first knew of its existence at the end of January 2011 when a copy was attached to the reply to the complaint I had made (in September 2010) to the Council (although the fact it had not been adhered to was just totally ignored!).

It is a joint document but, despite the Council and MPS/SNT knowing very well of my great dissatisfaction with the lack of any action, that incidents were continuing, and how I was being treated, during that year neither MPS Lewisham/SNT nor Lewisham Council saw fit to bring it to my attention.

Perhaps this was because the document clearly states (my emphasis) –

The Safer Lewisham Partnership (SLP)…are committed to tackling anti-social behaviour…and in doing so will ensure that the full range of criminal and civil powers, along with support and intervention mechanisms are utilised to take an uncompromising stand against perpetrators.

and also that they will

Ensure that victims of ASB have the knowledge and support to use their right of complaint to the Safer Lewisham Partnership when agencies have failed to act to curb an ongoing series of anti-social behaviour.”

I subsequently raised with the LGO that this document had not been made available and was later told Lewisham Council said it was on their website – I explained I had never found it on there and still could not.

Following the LGO Final Decision of 06/12/12, I raised with Lewisham Council, in February 2013, that this document still was not available – mid-April I received a reply…

the letter said I was right that the “minimum standards” document “is no longer on the website“…

Erm…”no longer” on the website??  Have NEVER been able to find it on there in over three years!…

and continues “Our approach to those reporting issues does include discussion about minimum standards“…

They were never so “discussed” with me but anyway it seems astonishing that Lewisham Council apparently have no understanding that victims would need to be able to access a copy, because it is extremely stressful suffering incidents and reporting them anyway, without being expected to memorize too all the details of a “discussion” of the many aspects of minimum standards of response they are entitled to expect…

and if people cannot access a copy and cannot remember all the details of what would be a very long “discussion”, then how can they know if the minimum standards are being adhered to or not ?

It goes on “If, following the review, the Council feel that publication of a minimum standards document is warranted, the website is one place where residents will be able to source them“.

Not sure what this means – that they might not have a minimum standards document in future or that they will have one but, bizarrely, might feel publication of it isn’t warranted?

The review is because of the LGO Recommendations, see previous post, which stated it should be completed within six months (from 06/12/12), and the LGO also Recommended that Lewisham Council

Publication2

Well ‘in the interim’ they have not so adhered to the minimum standards in respect of me but the point here is that, despite this clear Recommendation, Lewisham Council believes it is appropriate that the minimum standards document is “no longer” (hmm…) on the website while they carry out the review.

Really?

The full existing (pre-review) ‘Anti-Social Behaviour – Lewisham Minimum Standards of Response’ document is on the next post.

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