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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
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Online harassment and cyber bullying
Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7967
There have been calls to review the law covering online harassment and cyber bullying. The Conservative and Labour manifestos both contained proposals to deal with the issue. So will the law change? This Briefing Paper focusses mainly on England and Wales, but also touches on the law and relevant guidance in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Litter: key trends, policy and legislation
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06984
A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper examining trends in litter and the policy and legislation in place to address litter problems in England. Information for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is also included.
Fly-tipping - the illegal dumping of waste
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05672
This Commons Library briefing paper gives a general overview of the extent of the problem of fly-tipping and the powers and responsibilities of the Environment Agency, local authorities and landowners to deal with it. In 2013/14 there was a significant increase in reported cases of fly-tipping across England and incidents increased again in following years.
Constituency Casework: Anti-Social Behaviour
Published Monday, June 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7270
Get help with constituency casework: Anti-Social Behaviour. A briefing to assist MPs and their staff in dealing with enquiries from constituents regarding anti-social behaviour.
The Protection from Harassment Act 1997
Published Friday, June 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06648
The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 can used to deal with a wide variety of distressing behaviour. This Briefing Note looks in detail at how it works in England and Wales, and summarises the different provisions which apply in Scotland. It also looks at the equivalent legislation in Northern Ireland.
Selective licensing of private landlords (England & Wales)
Published Friday, June 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04634
This Commons Library paper explains the history and operation of selective licensing schemes for private rented properties since local authorities in England and Wales acquired the power to introduce them in April 2006.
The Troubled Families programme (England)
Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7585
This House of Commons Library briefing looks at the design, policy debate, outcomes and results of the Troubled Families programme in England, a targeted family intervention programme run by local authorities.
Anti-social neighbours living in private housing (England)
Published Saturday, February 25, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01012
This Commons Library briefing paper outlines the legal position and potential remedies available where people find themselves living next door to tenants of private landlords or owner-occupiers who exhibit anti-social behaviour. The briefing focuses on the legal position in England.
Anti-social behaviour in social housing (England)
Published Saturday, February 25, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00264
This Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the remedies available to social landlords to deal with tenants who exhibit anti-social behaviour. The paper focuses on England but some of the same legislation applies in Wales. Scotland and Northern Ireland operate under different legislative regimes.
Rough Sleepers and Anti-Social Behaviour (England)
Published Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7836
This briefing paper discusses the use of anti-social behaviour powers to ban activities often associated with homelessness, and concerns that an increase in the use of these powers is criminalising homelessness.
Dangerous Dogs
Published Thursday, August 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN04348
An overview of dangerous dogs legislation.
Gangs: a select bibliography
Published Friday, February 19, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05264
This note provides a bibliography of recent research on gangs and youth crime.
The Psychoactive Substances Bill 2015
Published Thursday, October 15, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7334
This briefing paper is prepared for the Second Reading of the Psychoactive Substances Bill on 19 October 2015.
Anti-social behaviour- new provisions
Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06950
Substantial changes to the law on anti-social behaviour have come into force as a result of the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. The Government is replacing a number of the legal remedies currently available. This Note gives a summary of the new powers.
Control of Horses Bill 2014-15
Published Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07047
There are proposals to update fly-grazing legislation. This note covers the private Members' bill put forward by Julian Sturdy MP.
Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Bill: Lords Amendments
Published Monday, February 3, 2014 | Commons Briefing papers SN06810
This note gives background on Lords Amendments to the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Bill, which are due to be considered by the Commons on 4 February 2014.
The Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Bill: Debate in Parliament
Published Thursday, October 10, 2013 | Commons Briefing papers SN06639
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill (Bill 7 of 2013-14) is due to have its report stage on 14 and 15 October 2013. This note sets out the debate so far.
Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill
Published Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | Commons Briefing papers RP13-34
This Bill, which is wide-ranging, will receive its second reading in the House of Commons on 10 June 2013. Amongst other changes, it would reform the “tool kit” of remedies for anti-social behaviour; amend the law on dangerous dogs; introduce new firearms offences; criminalise forced marriage; give powers to the new College of Policing; implement some of the Winsor report’s recommendations on police remuneration; provide new powers for the Independent Police Complaints Commission; and make changes to compensation for miscarriage of justice.
Anti-social Behaviour – The Government’s Proposals
Published Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | Commons Briefing papers SN06344
The Government has consulted on reforming powers to deal with anti-social behaviour, and will be introducing draft legislation. This note discusses the proposals.
Anti-social behaviour remedies - an overview
Published Friday, June 1, 2012 | Commons Briefing papers SN04073
This note provides only a brief overview of the subject, together with suggested sources. Further information on policy, together with more detailed, specialised notes about particular remedies can be found on the Anti-social Behaviour topic page of the Parliament website.

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