In a strange twist of recognition, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has said that the planned cuts in the police budget should not be carried on (read more). This mean broadly two things: 1) the government plans to cut the police budget are affecting the ability of police to deliver frontline services and ensure public safety and 2) a recognition that its very likely to have more riots.
As the smoke settles down in London, one thing emerges clear: There is a direct causal link between public service provision and public safety, exemplified by the combined map of deprivation in London and the location of riots and looting (map link) (the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) was created in 2004 by the Department for Communities and the Local Government as a method of identifying deprived areas across UK). Areas like Tottenham, where youth unemployment is 23% and 8 out of the 13 youth centres have closed down in the last months present a snapshot of some of the conditions behind the riots. However, in trying to understand who is behind these riots, it is very important not to generalise that every person living in a deprived area will automatically begin to loot, on the contrary, people from all communities have joined hands to clean up in the aftermath of the riots (read more).
The student protests in spring this year called attention to the growing dissatisfaction with government policy and the real dangers for social stability of the planned cuts in education, healthcare, youth services, social welfare, police, fire, etc. So far they have not been proven wrong.