Public Sector: Comms chiefs back 'powerful' riots stance

In the aftermath of the riots that hit London and cities around the UK, councils have been launching 'convict and evict' policies to push out a message of strength.

Wandsworth Council has already moved to evict the mother of a boy charged, but not convicted, in connection with the riots in Clapham Junction. Westminster and Greenwich are expected to follow.

Wandsworth's comms are handled in a 'co-operation agreement' with Hammersmith & Fulham Borough Council that sees joint comms management across the two authorities. Hammersmith & Fulham head of comms Simon Jones explained that his priority has been to convey a 'strong sense of support' for the businesses affected and 'send out a powerful message that the disgraceful behaviour we saw will not be tolerated'.

'The response to the riots underpins the importance of comms within local government to offer strategic counsel and guidance. But to be clear, this was a policy-led decision and that decision is to stand up for the vast majority of lawabiding people living on our estates who were sickened by what they saw,' said Jones.

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