5 Jan 2014

133 London riot compensation claimants still waiting

9:01 am on 5 January 2014

Labour says 133 people who claimed compensation following the London riots in 2011 are still to receive a payment.

Figures released by the Met to Shadow home office minister Steve Reed through Freedom of Information requests, showed that claims totalling £299 million were made by 6 November last year.

By that date the totals paid by the Met were £46.9 million (15.7%) with 133 claims outstanding.

A Mayor of London spokesman said only the most complex cases remain.

The BBC reports all the claims were made under the Riots Damages Act 1886.

Riots and looting began in Tottenham, north London, on 7 August 2011 after a man was shot during a police operation. It spread swiftly, becoming the worst public disorder for a generation.

In 2011, the cost of loss and damage across England was estimated at well over £100 million by the insurance industry.