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Floods: Finance

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Government funding has been provided to help repair properties which were damaged in the floods of 2007. (200277)

This information is not held by Communities and Local Government and we are therefore unable to provide a breakdown on how much was provided to help repair properties.

To date, Government have made available up to £88 million to support communities in England affected by the floods of June and July 2007. This includes around £18.4 million from Communities and Local Government in flood recovery grant to support the recovery work of local authorities.

Local authorities have flexibility to decide how to best use flood recovery grant based on their own local circumstances. In practice this has included:

support payments to flood affected households;

purchase and provision of new household items to flood affected households;

provision of temporary caravans to allow people to remain within their communities while houses are repaired;

resilience and rescheduling of home improvement programmes to support families in flood damaged homes;

other priorities set through consultation with flood-affected householders and communities.

Communities and Local Government have invited councils to adapt their timetables for the multi-billion pound decent homes programme to help get their tenants back into fully renovated homes as quickly as possible.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has made available £14 million for schools and children's services affected by the floods and regional development agencies have made available around £11 million for businesses affected.