UK government to help flooded areas with £60 millionStaff writer ▼ | December 11, 2015
The weekend saw large parts of Cumbria, Lancashire and Northumbria flooded in the wake of Storm Desmond, with rivers across the area reaching record levels.
Storm Desmond Cumbria, Lancashire and Northumbria events
As councils start their clean-up operation Mr Clark confirmed that the Bellwin scheme would be opened, so councils can apply to have 100% of their costs above threshold reimbursed.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark said:" The effects of Storm Desmond will be devastating to communities and families whose homes have been flooded – with many suffering this for the second, or even third, time in the last decade.
"That’s why today we’re taking the first step on the road to recovery by offering support through the Bellwin scheme so councils starting the clean-up operation can be confident that they will get the support they need."
Flood affected communities will not face Council Tax or business rate bills for the homes and businesses they have been displaced from, Clark announced.
The Chancellor has announced an additional £51 million to support households and businesses affected by last weekend’s devastating floods in Cumbria and Lancashire. This takes the total support pledged by the government to over £60 million. ■