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GOVERNMENT GIVES FLOOD DAMAGE AID TO FOLKESTONE

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The government is to provide financial help for Shepway DC towards the costs of clearing up flood damage in Folkest...
The government is to provide financial help for Shepway DC towards the costs of clearing up flood damage in Folkestone, environment minister Sir Paul Beresford announced today.

Assistance will be given to help cover the costs of immediate action taken by the council, in August, to safeguard life and property or to prevent suffering or severe inconvenience to local residents.

In a written Commons reply, Sir Paul said: 'I am satisfied that financial assistance under the Bellwin scheme is justified given the exceptional nature of the floods in Folkestone on 12 August.

'A scheme will therefore be established under 155 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. Grant will paid to cover 85% of eligible costs which are above a threshold and which have been incurred by Shepway DC in dealing with those floods.'

The relevant threshold for Shepway DC is £25,000.
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