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EU set to give millions of pounds to UK for flood repairs

Flooding in Carlisle. Credit: PA

Members of the European Parliament are expected to approve a grant of tens of millions of pounds, to help UK areas stricken by flooding.

The money - which is expected to be £51.3 million - would be spent repairing areas damaged by the floods from late 2015 to early 2016.

Some of the worst affected areas were in Cumbria and the south of Scotland, which were devastated by Storm Desmond.

The grant is expected to be approved by MEPs today, despite the UK government triggering Article 50, and beginning the process of taking Britain out of the EU.

Local MP and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, said the UK government had "dragged their feet" over even applying for the grant, and should have done so much sooner.

Had they applied sooner, we might have been able to get bridges like the one in Staveley opened much faster.

Now the grant has been approved, the Government need to use it on the ground in places like Cumbria, rather than offsetting it against money they have already spent, as they have threatened.

Just last month the Government refused a £25 million bid for extra flood resilience for infrastructure here in Cumbria. Now they have an opportunity to put that right.

– Tim Farron MP