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Councils given go-ahead to claim for flood cash

Flood-hit areas can claim back up to 85% of costs incurred following bad weather conditions in January according to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The move was announced yesterday by Local Government Minister John Healey.

Barnsley, Newark and Sherwood, North Lincolnshire, Oxford City, Vale of White Horse and West Oxfordshire District Council are the six councils affected by flooding in several parts of the country in January which are being given the chance to claim cash from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The exact amount of funding will depend on a final assessment of the councils' claims under the Bellwin Scheme.

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.

John Healey said: "Just half a year on from last summer's floods, some areas were struck again by heavy rainfall. They were quick to anticipate and to respond to the situation - with sandbagging and water pumping, minimising the potential damage.

"This money will help reimburse these costs and will mean the local authorities are better placed to get on with the job of leading the community and providing quality local services," he said.

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