This report from Andrew Bomford from BBC Radio 4’s PM Programme makes depressing reading:
Riot aid left unclaimed while another fund fails to pay
“Most of the government money pledged to help small businesses after the riots is unlikely to be paid out, according to a BBC assessment of claims.
“Some £20m was allocated to the High Street Support Scheme, but businesses have been slow to claim the money through local authorities.
“Separately, the BBC has learnt that a government fund has paid out a tiny fraction of the £250m allocated. [read more]
Bomford also reports that “There has also been a low take-up in other riot hit areas. Croydon Council has paid out £882,000 from a possible £2m.”
Read the report in full here.