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What has London learnt from riot recovery effort?


More than a year after the riots, what has been learnt to ensure that the recovery will be quicker following the next major incident – like flooding or a major fire – and when will we see reform to the widely criticised Riot (Damages) Act?

The Assembly’s Budget and Performance Committee will tomorrow bring back the key players from government, business and the insurance industry to discuss how to take forward the recommendations the Committee made in its recent report, Picking up the Pieces[1], and question government about the its progress in reforming the Riot (Damages) Act.

The Committee’s report, found that while a lot of good work had been done to support victims, poor coordination in the immediate aftermath, and lack of urgency from Government and the insurance industry to settle claims, held back the recovery process.

Home Office

• Stephen Webb, Director of Finance and Strategy Directorate in Crime and Policing Group, Home Office
• Kevin Finch, Police Funding Policy Unit, Home Office

Insurance industry

• Nick Starling, Director of General Insurance, Association of British Insurers
• David Williams, Claims and Underwriting Director, AXA Insurance
• Malcolm Hyde, Executive Director, The Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters
• Jonathan Clarke, Director of Corporate and Technical Risks, Cunningham Lindsay UK

The High Street Fund

• Sir William Castell, Chairman of Trustees of the High Street Fund
• David Cruickshank, Chairman, Deloitte

London Councils and the Mayor’s Office

• Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise
• Claire Kober, Deputy Chair and Executive Member for Crime and Public Protection, London Councils (and Haringey Council leader)

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, 4 December from 10am in Committee Room 5 at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA). Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes for Editors

1. Read the full report – Picking up the Pieces: how businesses were helped to recover from the 2011 riots
2. Read the full agenda papers.
3. The Chair of the Budget and Performance Committee, John Biggs AM, is available for interview. See contact details below.
4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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