Ministers look to cut benefits from rioters
The government is considering withdrawing benefits from people involved in last week’s riots, according to reports.
Over the weekend several newspapers reported that work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is working on plans to strip benefits from those involved in rioting and looting.
Prime minister David Cameron is expected to outline how the government will set about mending the ‘broken society’ in a speech today.
He has already said he backs moves to evict social tenants who are found to have been involved in rioting. Last week Wandsworth started proceeding against one of its tenants, and the Communities and Local Government department is looking at ways to fast-track the eviction of rioters.
Labour leader Ed Miliband will also set out his party’s response to the riots today. He is expected to argue that ‘knee-jerk gimmicks’ are unlikely to solve the problems in society.