Govt must take some blame over what happened in Tottenham

7 August 2011

Jenny Jones, Green Mayoral candidate and member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, has reacted to last night's riots in Tottenham by calling for swift action to restore vital youth services and a review of communications failures between the police and the community.

Jenny Jones said:  "We urgently need to examine all the factors that led to last night's events in Tottenham, a community suffering from one of the highest deprivation levels in the country [1], and take appropriate action to prevent repercussions.

"We need a full investigation into the shooting of local man Mark Duggan which seems to have been the trigger for last night's riots, and an urgent review of stop and search and what communications failures there were between the police and Tottenham's community.

"Violence and looting, and smashing up your own streets is not the answer. It's bad for the old, the poor, and those who run the small businesses people rely on.

"The Government must take some of blame for what went wrong last night.

"Cuts to local services, especially youth services [2], played a role in fomenting tensions in the area. With one of the highest unemployment rates in London, Tottenham urgently needs help. Emergency funds to stop youth centre closures and a review of policing must now be a priority."

Notes

[1] Residents in Haringey claiming Job Seekers Allowance rose for the fourth consecutive month in February to 10,159, according to the Office for National Statistics. The figures show eight per cent of the adult population of Tottenham are on the dole, a fifth of which is under-24-year-olds - http://www.haringeyindependent.co.uk/news/topstories/8917424.Call_for__game_changer__as_unemployment_rises_again/

[2] The Government reduced the local youth services budget by 75% after a cut of £41m to Haringey council's overall budget - http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jul/29/young-people-gangs-youth-clubs-close

 


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