Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Retail & Business Crime, has called on Ministers to support businesses following the Government’s guarantee of compensation.
Mike has written to his colleague Nick Herbert MP, Minister for Policing, and tabled a number of Written Parliamentary Questions on the matter. This follows the news that some Police Authorities have classed last summer’s riots as violent disorder which means that businesses in some parts of the country are illegible for compensation.
In his letter, Mike said: “This inconsistent approach to compensation is unacceptable, particularly given the Government’s clear pledge that all claims under the Riot (Damages) Act 1866 will be underwritten to help businesses.”
Commenting, Mike said: “It appears that there is a shocking attempt by some police authorities to re-write history and say the riots of last August were merely incidents of violent disorder. We are six months on from the riots and 90% of business claims are still outstanding, which is unforgiveable when the Government is underwriting payouts from police funds under the riot act.”