|Former Ealing Boss To Head Riots Panel|
Darra Singh to chair inquiry panel
The former chief executive of Ealing Council is to head a team of experts who will be looking into the riots of this summer.
Mr Singh,51, who was born in Wolverhampton but grew up in Bradford, previously chaired a commission for integration and cohesion panel for Labour in 2006. Trained as a lawyer he worked in housing advice and went on to run housing authorities he worked in Ealing from 2005- 2009, before moving to Jobcentre Plus.
Mr Singh said: "This is an important opportunity. I think it is vital that we hear straight from individuals and communities that have been affected directly and indirectly by the riots. Along with the other panel members, I am looking forward to hearing their views on the causes and their ideas on how similar events can be prevented in future."
The panel has been asked to investigate six areas:
• Why people took part in riots.
• Why the riots happened in some areas and not others.
• How key public services engaged with communities before, during and after the riots.
• What motivated local people to come together to take civic action to resist riots in their area or to clean up after riots had taken place.
• How communities can be made more socially and economically resilient in the future, in order to prevent future problems.
• What they think could have been done differently to prevent or manage the riots.
1st September 2011