The Association of British Insurers (ABI) will help the government and police authorities compensate insurers for riot claims.

The ABI said it would help by having its senior claims directors and actuaries give advice.

Its claims handlers will help with adjudication, and the trade body will also help with claims notification and loss adjuster negotiation.

The ABI estimates the industry will pay out more than £200m in claims for the riots.

The trade body made a statement after prime minister David Cameron's decision to allow insurers to claim back legitimate claims for riot damages.

ABI director general Otto Thorensen said: "The insurance industry is already paying out claims to people with insurance, but wants to do more to support the government in helping people get back on their feet."