Charity leaders to publish recommendations in response to riots

'Local solutions' are the key to understanding last month's events across England and avoiding a repeat, National Council for Voluntary Organisations says

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England riots

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations will produce a report containing the voluntary sector's view of why the recent riots in England happened and its recommendations for avoiding a repetition.

Plans to publish a report emerged after an invitation-only discussion event in London yesterday organised by the NCVO that was attended by charity leaders and Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society.

Ben Kernighan, deputy chief executive of the NCVO, told Third Sector after the event that his organisation was now planning to collate the views of those who had attended, and had also set up a website hear the views of other organisations.

"There was a very diverse range of views," he said. "There was a lot of discussion about the need for the sector to act as a bridge between disadvantaged people and the police and other statutory bodies.

"We also talked about how the motivations for the riots were complex, and how solutions must be found locally.

"We talked about the cuts and how they had had an impact, and how commissioning services weren’t always helpful to the type of organisation that works with young people."

Kernighan said he did not know when the report might be published.

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