Flood-hit ‘not getting aid cash’

Published: Wednesday 11th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A year on from David Cameron’s promise to flood-hit families that “money is no object” to help them, only a small proportion have received Government cash, Labour has claimed.

Just 1,680 of the 13,000 households and businesses directly affected by last winter’s flooding, have received grants of up to £5,000 for repair work, with payments averaging £1,666, the party said.

Less than a third of the promised £10 million farming recovery fund has been paid out to farmers affected by the devastating flooding, and less than a quarter of the £5 million sport relief fund for damaged sporting facilities.

Labour accused the Government of failing to pay out millions of pounds in promised support to communities and people hit by flooding as the UK was battered by a series of extreme winter storms a year ago.

Shadow environment secretary Maria Eagle said: “This time last year David Cameron promised that ‘money is no object’ for flood stricken communities and businesses, but the truth is that support has failed to reach many thousands still recovering from the damage caused by the winter floods.

“The Prime Minister has clearly gone from ‘money is no object’ to ‘out of sight, out of mind’.”

Ms Eagle claimed flood protection was “going backwards” under the coalition, accusing the Tories of ignoring the evidence on climate change.

“The next Labour government will make flood protection a top priority, introducing a new climate change adaptation programme and establishing an independent National Infrastructure Commission as part of our plan to protect homes and businesses from extreme weather caused by climate change,” she said.

Published: Wednesday 11th February 2015 by The News Editor

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