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Miliband: Riots response 'not good enough'

The government's response to the riots across the UK last summer is "simply not good enough", Ed Miliband has told MPs.

Speaking during prime minster's questions on 21 March 2012, the Labour leader pointed to a report that said 50% of uninsured victims were still awaiting compensation, eight months after the disturbances.

He told of a shop owner in Ealing who was still waiting for financial help after her shop had been "razed to the ground".

"Ultimately it is the government's responsibility to make sure she gets the compensation she deserves," Mr Miliband said.

Prime Minister David Cameron admitted there had been problems with payments made under the Riots Damages Act.

He promised to do what he could to "chase them up", and said he would share details of special funds set up to compensate victims with MPs.

The question session, which came immediately before the unveiling of the 2012 Budget by Chancellor George Osborne, was an unusually subdued affair.

Other topics covered included the withdrawal of British troops in Afghanistan, regional public sector pay and the London mayoral elections.

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