Riot Compensation Bill, Cuts,Sunday Trading, Renewing Democracy – What Croydon North MP Steve Reed Says

Tory Government Tries To Hide Its Cuts to Councils

See Steve Reed Croydon North MP’s analysis on Labour List 20 January.

https://labourlist.org/2016/01/heres-how-the-tories-council-cuts-cover-up-works

 

Devolving Sunday Trading is negative

See his analysis on Labour List 12 November 2015.

https://labourlist.org/2015/11/devolving-sunday-trading-laws-is-bad-for-communities-and-workers

Devolution will Help Renew Democracy

See Steve Reed and Jon Trickett’s argument on Huffingdon Post (15 December 2015)

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jon-trickett-mp/devolution-chance-to-open-up-politics_b_8555932.html

Riot Compensation Bill

In the House of Commons third reading debate of the Riot Compensation Bill on 5 February Labour tabled the following amendment

‘(3A) Money received by the claimant from emergency or recovery funds, whether funded publicly or privately, in the aftermath of a riot must not be taken into account by the decision maker when deciding the amount of compensation to be paid.’

In the discussion Croydon North MP  Steve Reed said:

‘Hon. Members will be aware that Croydon was hit very hard in the 2011 riots. Many members of the public, seeing the damage caused to local businesses, homes and property, wanted to help those seeking to recover and deal with the losses incurred, and they generously gave money to a fund set up by the mayor of Croydon for precisely that purpose.

I rise to speak in favour of amendment 8, which was tabled by my right hon. Friend the Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy). I am sorry I missed the start of his contribution, but I heard the end, and it was typically magnificent. I would like those who give generously to help their neighbours who have suffered a loss to have the reassurance that the money they contribute will not subsequently be deducted from official compensation payments, but tragically that is exactly what happened in Croydon in 2011. Money was donated to the mayor’s fund and was then distributed to individuals and businesses that had suffered a loss, but those generous payments were then deducted from the official compensation payments that were made. That is clearly wrong and a disincentive to people to give generously, as they did in Croydon to help their friends and neighbours. It is entirely wrong that such generosity should be discouraged by the deduction of those contributions from official payments. I strongly support my right hon. Friend’s amendment, which I hope will have the support of the House.’

Mr Steve Reed: I take the right hon. Gentleman’s point about the public purse, but what reassurances can he give that charitable donations from members of a community that were given to help victims in the locality will not be—rather than should not be—deducted from official compensation payments?’

The amendment was passed.

For full debate see http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm160205/debtext/160205-0001.htm#16020546000002

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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