Croydon riot compensation still proving to be a cop out

8/8 ONE YEAR ON: ANDREW PELLING discovers some businesses in South Croydon have yet to receive any of their promised compensation after their livelihoods were trashed for lack of police protection

For some businesses, the experience of last August’s riots was so traumatising that they are reluctant to speak about their experiences.

Some to the south of the town centre just could not conceive that they would have been victims of a riot. They feel almost ashamed to have been victims.

Speaking to Inside Croydon on condition of anonymity one business said that they were appalled that they have received no visits from any of their Conservative political representatives.

They say that they would have found any advice and lobbying helpful to get through the bureaucracy of the claim under the Riot Damages Act for the loss of all their stock.

The business owners were impressed by the quick action of Croydon Council to provide £1,000 straight after the riots, but they are very unhappy with the Metropolitan Police.

They were willing to take less than they claimed, but they are astounded that any monies given by charities to bail them out are to be deducted from the monies due from the police under the Act.

The business faces getting just 7.5p for every £1 of loss.

Yet now, nearly 13 months after the riots, they have still to receive a single penny in official compensation.

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