UK riots: The “500,000 forgotten families”

Shamik Das writes on the final report of the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel set up to examine the causes of last summer’s London and UK-wide riots.

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The final report of the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel into last summer’s London and UK-wide riots has identified 500,000 “forgotten families” who “aren’t getting the support they need”.

London-RiotsThe report, due to be unveiled tomorrow, cites four underlying causes, namely poor parenting, an inability to prevent re-offending, too great an emphasis on materialism, and a lack of faith in the police.

Looking ahead, the report says:

Government and local public services should develop a strategy incorporating the principles of the Troubled Families Programme to help 500,000 “forgotten families” turn their lives around.

It also recommends schools which fail to raise literacy rates to the required minimum standard for each age group should face a financial penalty, saying up to 15,000 people were thought to have taken part in the riots, the majority aged under 24 – and with poor academic records.

At the weekend, panel chair Darra Singh told the Observer:

“The August riots shocked the world. Up to 15,000 individuals actively participated, with countless more bystanders watching from the sidelines. Five thousand related crimes have been recorded, five people died and the cost of the riots is estimated to be £0.5bn.

“The impact on many people in the worst-affected communities is still being felt, as small businesses try to recover.

“The majority of rioters were 24 or under. Most had poor academic records. Nine out of 10 were known to the police and a third had already been in prison. The independent Riots Communities and Victims Panel, which was set up to report on the causes of the riots, has found that 70% of suspected rioters came from the 30% most deprived areas in the country.

“Communities also told us that some rioter behaviour could ultimately be ascribed to poor parenting, and that shared values in young people should be promoted.”

A 1,200-person IPSOS Mori survey by the panel revealed:

67% of people in the deprived areas believe materialism among young people is a problem;

77% feel there is too much branding and advertising aimed at young people;

85% feel advertising puts pressure on young people to possess the latest products;

70% feel steps need to be taken to reduce the amount of advertising aimed at young people.


See also:

Anger with police sparked the riots 4 Dec 2011

IDS jumped the gun: Gangs had nothing to do with the riots 10 Nov 2011

Coalition split on riots sentencing 10 Oct 2011

How to build a cross-party consensus on responding to the riots 16 Aug 2011

A crowd psychology analysis of the riots 9 Aug 2011


As Singh concluded:

“Action must be taken to avoid leaders having to ask why people rioted again in the not too distant future.”

We will have more analysis of the report into last summer’s riots later this week on Left Foot Forward.


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60 Responses to “UK riots: The “500,000 forgotten families””

  1. Selohesra

    You are the one repeatedly accusing me of some criminal offence

  2. Selohesra

    If you keep posting insanities people are going to assume you are insane

  3. Anonymous

    You are the one repeatedly committing a criminal offence by your own admission.

  4. Anonymous

    That’s right, refuse to admit anything. Deny it all now.
    Until the next few words where you do it again.

    Then you accuse ME of being insane.

  5. Anonymous

    Why should I help you? I mean, except by saying you’ve done it again, Social Darwinist. I charge for help with data services, and I don’t take clients like you.

    YOU are the person who has come to troll on a left wing site, not me. Common, garden, uninteresting trolling at that, filled with personal abuse.

  6. Ed's Talking Balls

    ‘a lack of faith in the police’

    No, no. It was a lack of fear of the police. Hence why the scum acted with impunity.

  7. Patrick

    But you do come across as one these class war types. You appear to believe that people are either rich or poor, when in reality the vast majority of people are neither. Its how I used to view the world when I was about 19 in the student union bar.

  8. Anonymous

    Most people ARE rich or poor. The middle class are rapidly dwindling.

    Try using statistics, not emotional responses.

  9. Botti

    Remember that different groups have statistically very different crime rates globally. The blank slate mentality that all groups have identical distributions of traits lives on. However, different groups differ in levels of testosterone, androgen receptors, cognitive traits and MAO-A variants that are implicated in predisposition for crime.

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