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Review of Community Safety and Anti-Social Behaviour Team 2015

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Last year South Gloucestershire Council consulted on a review of the Community Safety and Anti-Social Behaviour Team as part of the council's savings programme. The decision was taken at that time to defer implementation for a further year. The savings still need to be made from the 2016/17 year onwards and so a further consultation is required given the passage of time that has elapsed. 

The Anti-Social Behaviour and Community Safety Team provide a range of services including:

  • Support to tackle anti-social behaviour:
  • Support for tackling domestic abuse and hate crime
  • Community safety CCTV across South Gloucestershire;
  • Funding of 9 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)
  • Street marshal service in Kingswood and Chipping Sodbury
  • Responding to community safety issues as they emerge including work to support high risk offenders from reoffending and tackling human slavery and trafficking

The total service currently comprises 8.6 (FTE) staff (not including the PCSOs) and has an annual budget of £1,078,400. Further information about the work of the team is available in the options paper

As part of the Council Savings Programme, the budget for the Anti-social Behaviour  and Community Safety Team is to be reduced by £277,000 per annum by October 2016. This will reduce the service budget from £1,078,419 to £801,400 (approx. 26%).

What options are being considered?

Further information about the options proposed is available in the options paper.

  • Funding of PCSOs (potential saving up to £287,400)

There are four options under consideration ranging from terminating all council funding for PCSO’s, reducing the number of PCSOs funded by the council or continuing council funding for the 9 PCSOs and finding the savings from elsewhere. The Police would continue to provide the 40 PCSOs required in South Gloucestershire as determined by their target operating model.

  • Funding of domestic abuse refuge (potential saving up to £162,200)

There are four options under consideration ranging from ceasing all funding for domestic violence refuge places, reducing the number of refuge places or continuing funding at the current level and finding savings from elsewhere.

  • Funding of rehabilitation support for high level sex offenders (potential saving up to £28,500)

There are two options under consideration; continue to maintain funding at the present level or cease funding of support for high level sex offenders. The current level of funding is considered the lowest practically possible to maintain the service.

  • Provision of street marshals (potential saving up to £31,000)

There are four options under consideration ranging from terminating the contract and no longer providing street marshals, funding street marshals in only one location, seeking alternative funding to continue to provide street marshals or to continue funding this service at the current level.

  • Support to tackle domestic abuse (potential saving up to £120.500)

There are two options under consideration; continue to maintain funding at the present level or cease funding of support to tackle domestic abuse. This funding also supports other community safety initiatives as required.

  • Support to tackle hate crime (potential saving up to £23,700)

There are two options under consideration; continue to maintain funding at the present level or cease funding of support to tackle hate crime.

  • CCTV (potential saving up to £170,200)

There are three options under consideration; continue to maintain funding at the present level, purchase service directly from or in partnership with other providers or cease funding of CCTV and terminate the service. There will be costs in removing any equipment (to be quantified)

  • Support to tackle anti-social behaviour (potential saving up to £258, 200)

There are three options under consideration; continue to maintain the service at the present level, reduce the level of service or cease funding of ASB work and withdraw from the service.

  • Maintain the Status Quo (No savings)

If the council chose to maintain the status quo and protect Anti-social Behaviour and Community Safety Team funding, savings of £277,000 per year would still need to be found from other council service areas. If you think the council should make savings from other services, please specify these and the reasons why in your response to this consultation.

Consultation Results from 2014

The Council consulted the public and partners on these same options in 2014. In total 83 completed responses to this consultation were received and the results can be found at: http://council.southglos.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=408&MId=6819

Following the consultation it was clear that, although not universally supported, the option of removing funding for PCSOs was regarded as the least damaging option by respondents.

Find out more and have your say

We welcome comments on the proposals outlined in the summary and options paper between 1st October and 24th December 2015.

We are particularly keen to find out if you feel that all relevant areas are being considered and whether you think there are any specific impacts or alternatives that the council should consider.

A copy of the initial draft equality impact assessment is available and we would also welcome comments on this.

Further information is available by contacting us using the details listed below or from your local South Gloucestershire library and One Stop Shop.

You can find out more or tell us your views by:

  • Email: consultation@southglos.gov.uk     
  • Write to: FREEPOST Plus RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Community Safety and ASB Consultation, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BRISTOL, BS15 9TR
  • Phone: 01454 868154

If you would like someone to talk to your group or organisation about these proposals, please contact us using the details above to arrange.

This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.

Consultation Documents

Consultation Summary

Consultation Summary
Name Review of Community Safety and Anti-Social Behaviour Team 2015
Description As part of the council savings programme we are reviewing the work of the Anti-social Behaviour and Community Safety Teams to make savings of £277,000 per year. This review could affect; council funded PCSOs, funding and support for anti-social behavior, domestic abuse, hate crime, rehabilitation of sex offenders, street marshals and CCTV
Dates From 1 Oct 2015 at 00:00 to 24 Dec 2015 at 23:59.
Status Closed
Consultation Topic Children and young people, Crime and community safety, Environment, Equalities issues, Housing issues, Local economy & business issues, Older people, Voluntary and community sector issues
Geographical area Almondsbury, Bitton, Boyd Valley, Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge, Bradley Stoke North, Bradley Stoke South, Charfield, Chipping Sodbury, Cotswold Edge, Dodington, Downend, Emersons Green, Filton, Frampton Cotterell, Frenchay and Stoke Park, Hanham, Kings Chase, Ladden Brook, Longwell Green, Oldland Common, Parkwall, Patchway, Pilning and Severn Beach, Rodway, Severn, Siston, Staple Hill, Stoke Gifford, Thornbury North, Thornbury South and Alveston, Westerleigh, Winterbourne, Woodstock, Yate Central, Yate North
Marking a consultation as relevant to a particular audience indicates that it may be of special relevance to people within that group. It doesn't, however, mean that other groups wont find the consultation of interest - we welcome responses from everybody.
For example, education issues may be of particular interest to Parents & Guardians, and so will be shown to people searching the system for parenting issues, but the views of others (eg: Business, Faith Groups) are also relevant.
Target Audience All residents, Businesses & employers, Councillors / MPs / MEPs, Expert stakeholders, General public, Housing Association tenants, Neighbouring authorities, Older people, Partner agencies, Police, Service users, Students, Town and Parish Councils, Voluntary and community groups / organisations, Young people
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