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GOVERNMENT HELP FOR FLOOD HIT RYDALE

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Rydale DC is to be given help with meeting the costs of ...
Rydale DC is to be given help with meeting the costs of

clearing up following severe floods over 5 to 14 March 1999, the

government has announced.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, Alan Meale, parliamentary under secretary of state, said:

'I am satisfied that financial assistance under the Bellwin scheme is

justified in the case of Rydale DC given the exceptional nature of the floods and the damage caused.

'A scheme will, therefore, be established under section 155 of the

Local Government and Housing Act 1989. Grant will be paid to the

authority to cover 85 per cent of the eligible costs above a

threshold which have been incurred by the authority in dealing with

the flooding.'

NOTES

The Bellwin scheme provides emergency financial assistance to local

authorities under section 155 of the Local Government and Housing Act

1989.

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.

Local authorities have one month from the end of an incident to

notify the DETR that they intend to apply for activation of a Bellwin

scheme. If approved, the department will usually reimburse the

authority for 85 per cent of eligible costs above a threshold.

The threshold amount is related to the authority's Standard Spending

Assessment. The threshold for Rydale DC is£11,000. The

amount of financial assistance which the authority will receive will

depend on a final audit of its claim.

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