Petition calls for rioters to be stripped of benefits

11 August 2011

More than 100,000 people have signed an e-petition calling for convicted rioters to lose benefit payments.

In fact the government website hosting the e-petition ( has received so much traffic it has temporarily crashed.

The petition, started by Stephen Mains, argues that taxpayers should not have to contribute to those "who have destroyed property stolen from their community and shown a disregard for the country that provides for them".

Now the petition has hit 100,000 it will be referred to the backbench committee of MPs.

It will then be up to the MPs to decide whether to call a debate on the subject.

Recovery plan

Several major retailers have also called on the government to put in place a recovery plan to help high street shops targeted by the rioters.

Stephen Robertson, director general of the British Retail Consortium (BRC), has written an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron calling for more help for retailers.

In it he says there should be a temporary suspension of business rates and national insurance for traders affected by the rioters and a supportive planning process for those businesses in need of repair.

"As we emerge from the crisis it is essential that the Government gives a clear signal of support to the affected communities and the retailers at their heart," he adds.

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