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:
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 Bellwin scheme provides emergency financial assistance to local
authorities under section 155 of the Local Government and Housing Act
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.