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London riot risk remains as Govt ignored lessons of 2011 uproar, Labour warns


Labour found the number of “forgotten families” where many of the young people involved came from was likely to have doubled in the past decade

Firefighters battle a large fire that broke out in shops and residential properties in Croydon, South London
Firefighters battle a large fire that broke out in shops and residential properties in Croydon, South London

Families with youngsters at risk of falling victim to leading lives of crime are still unable to access support, Labour has said.

Ten years after the London riots, the Labour Party has found as many as one million children are growing up in environments like the youngsters involved in the riots.

Riots broke out across the city on August 6 2011 after Mark Duggan was shot by police officers in Tottenham two days earlier.

Over five days, around 15,000 people looted shops and set fire to businesses.

The Riots, Victims and Communities Panel identified 500,000 ‘forgotten families’ where many of the young people involved in the riots came from.

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Riots started on August 6 2011 days after Mark Duggan was shot by police
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In a report published on the 10th anniversary of the riots, Labour said there has been a drastic 70% real-terms reduction in funding youth services.

This has left local authorities with little prospect of meeting the Panel’s original recommendations to give young people access to youth services or allay their fears of future unrest.

After the Riots, The Final Report of the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel made more than 60 recommendations to the government, but previous research found that the Government had implemented only 11 of the recommendations.

Speaking at a conference tomorrow, Steve Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities Secretary and MP for Croydon North will say: “The findings of this report are an alarm bell that we cannot afford to ignore.

“The deep social inequalities have grown wider after a decade of cuts to vital services that support struggling families and a rise in poverty.







The 2011 London riots left some shops unable to reopen



“Instead of acting to strengthen the fabric of society to reduce the risk of riots, over the past decade the Conservatives have decimated police forces, youth services and council funding for the support families most at risk need.

“The Government chose to ignore the lessons of the riots, so the risks we face today seem higher than ever.”

At the time of the riots, five people died and the damage left the country with an estimated bill of around half a billion pounds.









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