101 – why is the Home Office cutting it?

I’m really surprised by the news that the Home Office is planning to pull the funding on Hampshire’s 101 service from February.

This is one of those endless Home Office initiatives that actually seemed to be working!

As explained on the Government’s website:

101 is a 24-hour number provided by your police and local council to deal with community safety issues, including certain non-emergency crime, policing and anti-social behaviour.

101 is for:

  • vandalism and graffiti;
  • noise nuisance;
  • threatening and abusive behaviour;
  • abandoned vehicles;
  • dumping and fly tipping;
  • drunk and rowdy groups;
  • drug related anti-social behaviour; and
  • broken street lighting.

Locally we’ve been encouraging people to use the 101 service to report anti-social behaviour. I know from speaking to PCSOs and local police officers how helpful it can be. It’s not perfect – there have been some teething troubles – but it’s better and simpler than what we had before. We should be trying to improve it further, not cut it.

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2 Responses to 101 – why is the Home Office cutting it?

  1. Auberius says:

    Martin, I’m about to blog on this myself, just to say we’ve had a nascent e-campaign on this in Cardiff for a while now; there’s a Facebook group at http://manchester.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4988374215 and a petition at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/back101/ Anything you can do to get people on board at either is much appreciated!

  2. Martin says:


    Many thanks for the tip-off. Just gone and signed up to both. Will see what I can do.


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