Councils and Cumbria police are to be given help with meeting the
costs of clearing up following severe storm and flood damage in their
areas between 7 and 12 January 2005
Parliamentary under secretary of state Jim Fitzpatrick said today:
'Carlisle and large areas of Cumbria experienced exceptional storm
and flood damage between 7th and 12th January 2005. Given these
circumstances I am satisfied that financial assistance under the
Bellwin scheme is justified. A scheme will therefore be established
under section 155 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
Grants will be paid to the authorities to cover 85 per cent of the
eligible costs above a threshold, which they have incurred in dealing
with the storm and flood damage.'
1 The Bellwin scheme provides emergency financial assistance to local
authorities under section 155 of the Local Government and Housing Act
2 Named after former Department of the Environment minister Lord
Bellwin, the scheme provides reimbursement for local authorities, in
the event of a disaster or emergency, for expenditure incurred for
emergency action not normally insurable.
3 Local authorities have one month from the end of an incident to
notify the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister that they intend to
apply for activation of a Bellwin scheme. If approved, the Office
will usually reimburse the authority for 85 per cent of eligible
costs above a threshold.
4 The threshold amount is related to the authority's annual Budget.
The amount of financial assistance that the authority will receive
will depend on a final audit of its claim.