Press Release Ref : 4473
Press Release - Fri, 09 Dec 2011

Government accolade for riot help

The government has asked the Croydon Council team that helped riot-hit businesses and residents to give a lecture at a national riot recovery event.

Members of the team that set up and worked in the London Road one stop shop that was opened after 8 August will attend a Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) event next week.

The shop was opened soon after the riots ended to help ensure people and businesses affected by the disturbances could get immediate advice and support on everything from insurance claims to housing and emergency benefits. Almost 900 people were seen in the seven weeks it was open.

Representatives from the DCLG asked to be shown round the shop soon after it opened. Their visit led to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, praising Croydon Council for the way it helped people get their lives and businesses back on track after the riots.

The team behind the shop will now speak at the DCLG's Emergencies and Resilience Division event on 14 December.

Council leader Mike Fisher said: "This is further recognition for the hard work the council put into rebuilding communities following the terrible events of 8 August.

"For the Croydon Council staff on the ground this national recognition will be very pleasing, especially after all the hard work they put in."

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