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GOVERNMENT HELP FOR FLOOD HIT AREAS

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Carlisle, Cumbria, Allerdale, Copeland, Eden and South Lakeland...
Carlisle, Cumbria, Allerdale, Copeland, Eden and South Lakeland

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.'

Notes

1 The Bellwin scheme provides emergency financial assistance to local

authorities under section 155 of the Local Government and Housing Act

1989.

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.

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