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Housing provider receives national award for tackling anti social behaviour

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Housing provider receives national award for tackling anti social behaviour

Circle Housing Circle 33 has received national recognition for the way it works with local residents, stakeholders and the police to make its communities safer places to live.

The provider has been awarded with HouseMark accreditation – the gold standard for best practice in social housing – for the way it deals with anti social behaviour (ASB).

ASB can have a real impact on people’s lives and can involve anything from litter dropping, dog fouling to noise, harassment, violence and drug dealing. In extreme cases it is important for witnesses and victims to feel protected so that they feel safe to take a stand.

The provider was judged on how it prevents ASB at an early stage, the way it takes action to protect communities and its support for victims and witnesses. In the past year alone, Circle Housing Circle 33 has successfully dealt with 485 incidents of ASB across Islington, Camden, Hackney and Haringey.  

Varinder Bharj, ASB Manager for Circle Housing Circle 33 said: “We are committed to ensuring that all our residents have a safe place to live and this award is testament to the team’s hard work. 

“With the help of residents and other partners, such as the police, we are able to build trust and co-operation and create safer communities.”

Lynn Dexter, Head of Consultancy at HouseMark, said: “Our ASB accreditation is a robust, rigorous and challenging process and therefore is not something Circle Housing Circle 33 has gained without some considerable effort.

Circle Housing Circle 33 not only showed compliance against the assessment criteria, but strong leadership, corporate commitment and accountability in respect of preventing & tackling ASB.  This is embedded throughout their business and across their key partners.”

HouseMark is a membership-based organisation whose role is to help the housing sector as a whole to improve performance and share best practice.

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