About the group
The All Party Parliamentary Group provides a forum for parliamentarians, landlords and other stakeholders to discuss anti-social behaviour and how landlords, local authorities, the police and others can effectively respond to it.
The group was launched in 2022 and focuses on anti-social behaviour (ASB), and organisational and community responses to it. The aim of the group is to improve the ways that we respond to ASB to improve the lives of tenants and others in the communities affected.
To find out more about the group, please click here to view the APPG brochure.
APPG on ASB First Inquiry: ‘Working together to address anti-social behaviour in our communities’
Over the past few months, Midland Heart and members of the group have held evidence sessions with CEOs of partner housing associations, academics with research interests relating to ASB, HO tenants and PCCs among others.
In these sessions we have discussed the barriers preventing us from effectively tackling ASB in our communities and assessed where there are shortfalls in local and national policy that are preventing us from making a real difference to the lives of affected tenants. We have also sought feedback from tenants living in housing associations, carrying out an open survey and issuing a ‘call for evidence’.
The evidence provided has contributed to our first inquiry report, written in collaboration with MPs from all three main parties in England, Resolve, ASB Help, TPAS, Local Government Association, and several of the West Midlands’ largest social landlords.
The report makes a series of recommendations for government, housing providers and other groups, to better address anti-social behaviour in our communities and improve the lives of victims.
One of the core recommendations is for the Government to pilot the use of a Housing Court in the West Midlands. The report by the All Party-Parliamentary Group on Anti-Social Behaviour, also recommends that Housing Associations are given statutory powers as core partners in making our communities safer and that ASB is included in the Victim’s Bill.
"In the twelve months ending in September 2022, the Police recorded 1.1 million incidents of ASB" - Here's Glenn Harris, our CEO, on the need for specialist courts in Comment Central - Specialist courts can cut anti-social behaviour rates.
Meet our Group Chair and Vice-Chair
Prior to Shaun Bailey's election in December 2019, he worked in several law firms and finally a leading bank. Shaun is determined to keep our communities safe. He has led campaigns in support of Tipton and other police stations which have been threatened with closure. Crime and anti-social behaviour are two of Shaun's top priorities and he is absolutely determined to ensure that this issue is tackled head on.
Baroness Newlove came to prominence after her husband was murdered by three youths in 2007. After his death she set up a number of foundations that aimed to tackle the UK drinking culture as well as providing support to young people.
Shaun Bailey MP (Conservative)Group Chair
Shaun Bailey is the Conservative Member of Parliament for West Bromwich West, serving communities of Great Bridge, Oldbury, Princes End, Tipton, Tividale and Wednesbury.
Baroness Newlove (Conservative)Group Vice-Chair
Baroness Newlove is community reform campaigner appointed as the Victims' Commissioner by the UK government in 2012. She is currently serving as a Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords.
Officers of the Group
- Jane Hunt MP (Cons)
- Matt Western MP (Lab)
- Holly Munby-Croft MP (Cons)
- Mark Fletcher MP (Cons)
- Marco Longhi MP (Cons)
- Lord Austin of Dudley (Crossbench peer)
First elected to Parliament in December 2019, Jane worked in commercial business for 15 years, later moving into the civil service and charity work. She worked for the previous Member of Parliament as her caseworker in Loughborough for nearly 10 years.
Jane is also a Borough Councillor for Charnwood Borough Council and until her election was the Honorary Secretary of Loughborough Chamber of Trade and Commerce. She was a Trustee of Loughborough Welfare Trust.
First elected to serve to Parliament in 2017, Matt worked for many years in industry, where he specialized in marketing, finance, and procurement. He has also long been active in his local community, serving as a Warwickshire County Councillor from 2013 to 2018.
Matt has served on the Communities and Local Government Committee and the International Trade Committee. He created and chairs the APPG for Council Housing. He has also served as a governor of his local school, Clapham Terrace Community Primary School, and remains a patron or trustee of several local schools, organisations, and charities.
Before being elected to Parliament in 2019, Holly served as a North Lincolnshire Councillor and chaired the North Lincolnshire wide Health Scrutiny Panel between 2015 and 2019.
Holly was also North Lincolnshire Council’s lead member for Young People and Skills and served on the planning committee and licensing committee. She is Co-Chair of the 'All Party Parliamentary Group for Steel and Metal Related Industries'.
Elected to Parliament in 2019, after university Mark worked as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Uganda and Rwanda before working in the healthcare sector. Mark is passionate about regeneration and education. He is a Governor at two schools in his constituency and works to improve outcomes and raise aspirations in his constituency.
First elected to Parliament in 2019, Marco was a businessman and Councillor in the Black Country for 20 years before this. He also served as the Mayor of Walsall where he made it a priority to support a local mental health charity. He also chaired the Armed Forces Covenant. He has worked in engineering and industry in South America and the UK.
First elected to Parliament in 2005, Lord Austin previously worked as a journalist, as a press officer for the West Midlands Labour Party and deputy director of communications for the Scottish Labour Party.
He was also a political advisor to the then Chancellor, Gordon Brown until his election to Parliament. As an MP, he served as Minster of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government, and Minister for the West Midlands.