Consultation on reform of the Riot (Damages) Act 1886 (RDA): ABI response

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Approaching the third anniversary of the August 2011 riots, the ABI warns that Government proposals to change the Riot Damages Act would leave many firms and motorists facing financial hardship.

The ABI estimates that for every £10 paid out in compensation after the 2011 rioting, only £1 would be paid out under the reformed Act. Under the Government's new proposals all but the smallest of firms would be unable to claim compensation, with the vast majority of vehicle damage also excluded.

This paper highlights the ABI's main concerns surrounding claims, and definitions of riot and liability.