£50m extra funding for flood-hit homes and businesses

Warning Traffic Sign On Flooded Road With Fire Engine

The government has announced extra funding worth £50 million to support households and businesses affected by the devastating floods in Northern England.

Local authorities will spend the money on temporary accommodation costs as well as help people protect their homes against future floods by providing grants of up to £5,000 to install new barriers, replace doors and windows and move electricity sockets up to a safer level.

It comes as hundreds of homes were left without power as a result of the flooding.

The Community Recovery Scheme was launched in the wake of storm Desmond and is run by local authorities to ensure funding is delivered quickly and efficiently to provide targeted support.

The latest funding extends the financial support pledged by the government for the winter’s floods to more than £100 million.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark said: ” No one could fail to be moved by the scenes of devastation left in the wake of storm Eva – we’re determined to ensure all those affected get the support they need quickly.

“That’s why today we’re extending the government support to those communities by £50 million, matching the funding already announced for the areas affected by storm Desmond”.