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DISAPPOINTMENT AT BELLWIN FLOOD DAMAGE SETTLEMENT

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While Cumbria CC welcomes the fact that the government appears to have recognised the seriousness of the floods and...
While Cumbria CC welcomes the fact that the government appears to have recognised the seriousness of the floods and storms that hit the county in January, we are disappointed that ministers have not felt able to provide the level of financial help we feel is required.

While we fully understand the financial pressures on central government we are, nonetheless, disappointed not to have received the help we were led to expect.

Following our meeting in March with the then local government minister Nick Raynsford, we had been expecting the government to reduce the county council's Bellwin scheme threshold from£947,000 and increase our level of help to more than 85 per cent of our costs, but neither of these things has happened.

There was some positive news in that we will be allowed to include flood-related work carried out up until October this year, but the Bellwin settlement* announced this week means that the county council will have to foot a flood damage bill of more than£1m from its own coffers at a time when we have been arguing that the county has been underfunded by central government for several years.

* Full details fo the Bellwin settlement here.

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