More Support For Communities Affected By Floods


Communities affected by severe weather will benefit from enhanced support to help meet costs


Published on 06 February 2014


by Brandon Lewis MP

(WireNews+Co)

London, England

Lymington Flooding
Lymington Flooding

Communities affected by severe weather will benefit from enhanced support to help meet the costs associated with protecting lives and properties.

The government is also changing the terms of the Bellwin Scheme to help local authorities in England meet the immediate costs associated with protecting lives and properties.

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Enhancements have been made to the scheme to reflect the exceptional nature of recent storms and the role councils play as first responders.

The changes will:

  • ensure the Bellwin grant is paid at 100% above threshold instead of 85%

  • extend the eligible spending period until the end of March 2014

  • reduce Bellwin thresholds for all county councils and unitary authorities

  • allow upper tier authorities with responsibility for fire services to claim Bellwin on a comparable basis to standalone fire authorities for fire related costs

Communities Minister Brandon Lewis said:

"We are determined to support those councils on the front line working hard to protect their communities and ensure local authorities have the confidence to provide the help needed in the knowledge that funds are available to meet costs.

"In the longer term the government is committed to undertaking a review of the scheme to see if any changes are needed in the way the scheme operates, in light of more frequent and challenging storms.

"The government is putting in place a separate recovery package, specifically for the Somerset Levels, to take account of the particularly severe and ongoing flooding they are experiencing."

It is also developing a cross-government 6 week action plan that will provide a longer term solution to the problems with flooding on the Somerset Levels.

Ministers have met and continue to meet with local authority leaders from the affected areas to get a clear picture of what is happening on the ground in their areas and their individual requirements for support.

Find out more about how to prepare and cope with flooding

 


For more information about this press release including contact details visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-support-for-communities-affected-by-floods

 


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Posted 2014-02-06 12:47:00