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FUNDING FOR 2002 MORAY FLOODS

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Moray Council will be offered financial assistance to help meet the costs of dealing with flooding in 2002. ...
Moray Council will be offered financial assistance to help meet the costs of dealing with flooding in 2002.

The payment will result in initial funding of£415,918 with any remaining amount being paid at a later stage once a final audited claim has been received.

Deputy minister for finance, public services Tavish Scott said:

'I am pleased to be able to announce that we have triggered the Bellwin Scheme which will make more than£410,000 available to The Moray Council to cover the eligible costs incurred in the immediate aftermath of the floods that affected the Moray area in November 2002.

'The council's costs were primarily in decanting vulnerable care home residents to a reopened old people's home.'

In November 2002, a request was received from The Moray Council to trigger the Bellwin Scheme to help meet costs sustained in primarily dealing with decanting vulnerable care home residents to a reopened old people's home and providing them with suitable care. Since then, there has been regular liaison between the Scottish Executive and the council on eligibility of their costs. The council's costs were primarily for decanting vulnerable residents to a reopened old people's home and the associated care.

The Bellwin Scheme exists to give special financial assistance to authorities who would otherwise be faced with an undue financial burden as a result of providing relief and carrying out immediate work due to large-scale emergencies (usually storms). Where the criteria of the scheme are met, grant is payable to authorities at 85 per cent of the eligible costs incurred above a threshold set for each authority. The threshold for Moray at the time was£179,280.

The scheme is intended only to cover uninsurable costs. Authorities are expected to provide their own cover for insurable items, whether externally or through self-insurance.

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