1 September 2011
Southwark was one of the worst hit boroughs in London for the August riots, yet, inexplicably, it was left off the list of areas earmarked for funding help by the Government’s Department for Communities and Local Government.
Only a cynic would suggest that, with the presence of Tory-led boroughs such as Westminster, (was there actually any rioting in Westminster?), but the absence of Labour-led councils such as Southwark and Lambeth, the funding was being skewed due to political purposes. No doubt this cannot be the case.
Yet it does strike us as very odd that we have been left off - and now a spokesman hurriedly tells us that the borough will receive help and that the Council Leader ‘got it wrong’. He didn’t get it wrong - it’s simple, we weren’t on the list.
As for the Mayor of London’s funding pot, after three weeks, Southwark had heard nothing about help from this either - but again we’re told that all London boroughs will shortly be advised about any monies available.
Let’s hope that both central government and the Mayor see the desperate need of those businesses affected by the
disorder in Southwark and put their money where their mouth is.
The community response has been fantastic, and the council has also been active - but a bit of financial help would go amiss either.
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