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Queen's speech: Parents face fines if Asbos breached

Parents will be fined if their children breach tougher anti-social behaviour orders under plans expected to be included in today's Queen's Speech (15 November).

Home secretary John Reid told reporters at the weekend: "The police tell me they like this approach for three reasons: it reduces lengthy paperwork for minor offences; it gives parents a direct financial incentive for ensuring children behave; and it gives the children themselves an excuse in front of their mates as to why they cannot go along with their gang's behaviour." Plans to introduce "sin bins" for problem families and parenting classes for those who cannot control their children were also expected to be announced as were plans for an overhaul of the state pension to help people who take time out from work to raise children.

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