Consultation outcome

Reform of the Riot (Damages) Act

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

Following the consultation held last summer, the government analysed the range of views received from businesses, the police, and the public. A response was produced which details both the nature of the responses and the policy positions taken on the proposed changes to riot compensation. The government has also published the draft Riot Compensation Bill which provides the legislative framework for these reforms.

Original consultation


Consultation on proposals to reform and modernise the Riot (Damages) Act 1886.

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Consultation description

This consultation seeks views on proposals for changes to the Riot (Damages) Act.

Following the widespread rioting that took place in the summer of 2011 issues were raised, both by claimants and by those administering claims, that the act was limited by its age and lacked clarity in several areas. The government commissioned an independent review of the act, which reported at the end of last year.

The reviewer made 20 recommendations, which the government has considered, and which form the basis for this consultation.

Alongside the consultation document, an assessment of the economic and financial impacts of the proposed changes and a copy of the report of the independent review are included here for your information and reference. These impacts are as at 1 January 2014; the impact assessment will not reflect any recent legal proceedings or judgements.

How to respond

Please send us your comments by using our online form. You may wish to read through the hard copy of the consultation questions first before beginning the online version.

If you are not able to respond using the online system, you can email your response to:

Or write to:

RDA consultation
Police Resources Policy Team
Crime and Policing Group
6th floor Fry Building
2 Marsham Street

The deadline for responses is 1 August 2014.


Published 5 June 2014
Last updated 12 March 2015 + show all updates
  1. Response to the consultation, impact assessment and draft Bill published.
  2. First published.