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Floods: Finance

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the damage to furniture, furnishings and moveables that were damaged and sent to landfill following the floods in summer 2007; and what estimate he has made of the impact these losses will have on council tax for those councils most affected. (197941)

My Department has not specifically assessed the damage caused to furniture and furnishings destroyed as a result of last summer’s floods.

Evidence provided by local authorities indicates only a relatively small increase in municipal waste arisings as a result of last year’s flooding. This is within the normal range of variations in annual waste arisings and should not have a long-term or significant impact on waste management costs.