Riot Compensation Act 2016 comes into force

On 6 April 2017 the Riot Compensation Regulations 2017 and the remaining provisions of the Riot Compensation Act 2016 came into force, with the former required to implement the Act effectively.

The new legislation repeals the Riot (Damages) Act 1886 and makes provision about types of claims, procedures, decision-making and a maximum limit of £1,000,000 on awards payable by the appropriate local policing body in relation to a new compensation scheme for property damaged, destroyed or stolen in the course of riots.

The new Act also permits an insurer to claim compensation from the appropriate local policing body in circumstances where an insurer has met a claim by the person under a policy of insurance in respect of the damage, destruction or theft.