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Councils get details of riots recovery package

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has written to the leaders of the local authorities and fire authorities affected by this month’s riots and looting, outlining the support package available.

The measures include a £10m recovery fund for clean-up and safety work, and to make road repairs where necessary, as well as to offer council tax relief for those whose homes were affected by the disorder but are still habitable.

A further £20m High Street Support Scheme was also announced, funded jointly by the Departments for Communities and Local Government, and Business Innovation and Skills, to finance measures to “get business trading again” – this includes building repairs, and offering business rate hardship relief.

An unspecified fund has also been made available to meet the costs of emergency accommodation for families made homeless.

Pickles wrote: “We have all been appalled by the criminal behaviour on our streets last week. I must congratulate you and all affected local authorities for the way in which you have responded so quickly and efficiently to the disturbances. It is a testament to your Authority that many of the streets were cleared even before people went to work the following morning.

“You and your communities will be facing short term pressures arising in the immediate aftermath of the disturbances. The Prime Minister announced last week that the Government will be supporting affected local authorities by providing a multi-million pound package of measures with which you can help support your communities and businesses recover.”

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