Riot Damages Act (RDA)

Reference code: 
DMPCD 2015 127
Date signed: 
12 November 2015
Authorisation name: 
Stephen Greenhalgh (past staff), Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

Executive summary

The MPS is seeking approval to make offers to settle a case In respect of claims and legal costs made under the Riot (Damages) Act from a site damaged during the August 2011 disturbances.  Owing to the nature of the information contained In the report some of the Information has been submitted as a Part 2 report.


To settle up to the amounts set out in Part 2 through interim and final payments as agreed between MPS and the relevant parties, subject to Home Office confirming they will meet all the costs in full.

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1.    Introduction and background

1.1    DMPC approved on 3 February 2012 (ref DMPC 2012 03) the delegation to DLS for the management of RDA claims arising from the August 2011 disturbances.  The vast majority of the straightforward claims have been resolved, this paper addresses one of the more complex claims, and proposes offers to settle and to offer interim payments.

1.2    In July and October DMPC approved offers to settle and the making of interim payments in respect of this case. This request updates the position 

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1    See Part 2

3.    Financial Comments

3.1    There is no net effect on the MOPAC budget as any payment  made will be recovered  from the Home Office.  The detail of the financial implications is set out in Part 2.

4.    Legal Comments

4.1    The MOPAC, as compensation authority, has the power to deal with any claims brought under the Riot Damages Act 1886, including the settlement of such claims from the police fund under section 2(1) of that Act.

4.2    Pursuant to the MOPAC Scheme of Delegation and Consent, 2014, MOPAC must authorise the settlement because it fulfills the criteria set out in section 4.10 of the Scheme including the financial level.

5.    Equality Comments

5.1    To continue policing with the consent of the population it serves, the police will always seek to treat everyone fairly and openly. Race or equality issues do not appear to have an impact in this matter.