Magazine article Public Finance

Flood-Hit Councils Promised an Extra £1.6M

Magazine article Public Finance

Flood-Hit Councils Promised an Extra £1.6M

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Communities minister John Healey has promised £1.6m of extra funding to help six areas badly hit by last summer's floods.

Healey announced on February 12 that Gloucestershire police which dealt with the worst of the flooding - would receive £955,420 under the Bellwin scheme to cover the costs of flooding.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, North Lincolnshire Council, East Lindsey and Stratford-on-Avon district councils and Worcester City Council were the other beneficiaries.

Healey said: 'Last summer we saw the worst floods in this country for over a century. We made it easier to claim back additional costs from the government and we also said we are ready to make interim payments.

'But I am aware that while the flood waters may have receded, there is still a long way to go. More government support will be available.'

Healey s announcement follows the launch last week of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' new water strategy for England, to mitigate the impact of climate change. …

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