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A reasonable response to the riots

Submitted on Sunday 21st August 2011

Published on Monday 22nd August 2011

Current status: Closed

Closed: Wednesday 22nd August 2012

Signatures: 39

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A reasonable response to the riots

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Criminality alone is not enough of an explanation.
Taking the hard line will not address the underlying problems in our society, and may make them worse.
We call for:
- A halt to benefits withdrawals to people convicted as a result of the riots;
- A halt to the eviction of convicted people and their families;
- Proportionate and consistent sentencing of offenders, in line with the sentencing guidelines;
- The government to abandon plans to suspend social media sites and impose curfews at times of unrest;
In addition to this, to improve the situation in the long term we also call for:
- The reversal of spending cuts to youth centres nationally, and the establishment of a central government fund to support this;
- The full reinstatement of the Education Maintenance Allowance.

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