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Floods: Cumbria

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding has been made available to clear debris and polluted material from farmland following the 2009 floods in Cumbria; and if he will make a statement. (316539)

DEFRA has made £500,000 from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) available to farmers affected by the Cumbrian floods, to help bring their land back to agricultural use. This will provide up to £6,800 per applicant and is being delivered by the RDPE Local Action Groups. The deadline for applications for this funding has been extended until 26 February 2010.