MPs to consider removing benefits from rioters
A petition calling for rioters to be stripped of their benefits has received so much support it is eligible to be debated in parliament.
The petition was put up on the government’s e-petitions site earlier this week and has so far attracted more than 120,000 signatures. E-petitions states that any petition that receives more than 100,000 signatures is eligible for debate in the House of Commons.
The petition, which was started by Stephen Mains, reads: ‘Any persons convicted of criminal acts during the current London riots should have all financial benefits removed. No tax payer should have to contribute to those who have destroyed property, stolen from their community and shown a disregard for the country that provides for them.’
It is directed at the Department for Work and Pensions.
Ministers have shown some support for the idea behind the petition, saying any social tenants who are found to have been involved in rioting should lose their entitlement to social housing.
Yesterday the prime minister, David Cameron, told parliament he wanted councils to evict tenants who are found guilty of civil disorder.
Communities secretary Eric Pickles announced his department would consult on giving social landlords greater power to evict tenants who are found guilty of offences committed outside the area in which they live.