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European Union Solidarity Fund

Volume 477: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when local authorities will receive the funds allocated from the EU Solidarity Fund to help with flood recovery; and if she will make a statement. (211430)

The Government were able to set up a Restoration Fund of £30.6 million for English local authorities affected by last summer’s floods to support their continued efforts to rebuild their communities, following our successful bid to the European Union Solidarity Fund. This money is on top of up to £88 million already made available to flood-hit areas to help them get back on their feet.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has consulted local authorities on how to allocate the Restoration Fund. Local authorities are currently being asked to supply data on the costs they have incurred.

It is my intention to make announcements on funding allocations before the parliamentary summer recess.