Coming up with a new way of punishing the vandals who rampaged through many of the country's cities and towns, the government has laid out a controversial plan to make much broader use of existing powers to evict not only the rioters, but also their families from their free or rent-subsidised accommodations, that provide millions with cradle-to-grave homes.
The new measure would probably be the most punitive of the sanctions the British government is considering in response to the worst civil disorder in a generation. More than 10 million Britons, about one in six, live in public housing, the Daily Mail reported.
The paper said in the first case of its kind, Daniel Sartain-Clarke, 18, and his mother have been served with an eviction notice as council bosses sought to turf them out of their 225,000 Pound Sterling taxpayer-subsidised flat.
The youth is charged with violent disorder and attempting to steal electronic goods from a store in Clapham Junction, South London, on Monday night.
The punitive actions on the looters followed Prime Minister David Cameron appearance on television on Friday night and his declaration that the "fightback" was against the rioters.