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Dumfries and Galloway call for more flood relief

As the south of England deals with severe flooding, businesses in Dumfries and Galloway are calling for more flood relief to be spent here.

Many properties were damaged during the floods and storms at the start of the year, and after the Prime Minister stated money was no object for flooding victims, people in Scotland want to know how much funding will come north of the border.

Our reporter Fiona McIlwraith has been to speak to two businesses who have been affected.

Businesses and homeowners 'can't keep up' with flood devastation

Dumfries and Galloway council have called on the Scottish government to help them finance local flood defences.

Last week the Prime Minister said 'money was no object' in helping those in the South of England affected by the recent severe flooding.

But Councillor Colin Smyth has asked whether David Cameron's comments would mean Scottish communities hit by flooding would also receive help.

"The message we're sending the the Scottish Government is if you're receiving more money through the Barnett formula as a result of what's being invested in England, we want to see that money being invested in areas that are affected by flooding such as Dumfries and Galloway because the reality is that businesses and homeowners in this area can't keep up with the sort of devastation that they've seen as a result of the floods."

– Cllr Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council


Plea for more money for Dumfries and Galloway flood defences

Dumfries and Galloway council have called on the Scottish government to help them finance flood defences schemes to protect the region from future problems.

Last week Prime Minister David Cameron said that money was no object in helping parts of South of England after severe flooding.

Dumfries and Galloway also experienced flooding in December and, as businesses and homes are still coming to terms with the damage, councillors are asking that funds are made available for the region.

Calls for Westminster to help Scottish flood victims

Flood victims in Dumfries and Galloway are calling on Westminster to offer them they same support the South of England have been promised.

Flood victims are calling for more help from Westminster Credit: ITV News Border

Many homes and businesses have been affected by flooding in the area, and council officials say residents deserve some of the money David Cameron promised to flood hit families in Somerset.

Granny's Kitchen has been flooded twice in 13 months Credit: ITV News Border

In 2013 Carol Wither suffered flooding at her shop "Granny's Kitchen" which is in Newton Stewart.

Carol Wither, here in black, owns Granny's Kitchen Credit: ITV News Border

She feels more money is needed to help with local residents and shop keepers prevent flooding.

Calls for help for Dumfries and Galloway flood victims

There have been calls in Dumfries and Galloway for flood victims to receive compensation in same way the Westminster Government has pledged cash for Somerset farmers and residents.

In 2013 Carol suffered flooding at her shop "Grannys Kitchen" in Newton Stewart.

Carol feels that more money is needed to help local residents and shop keepers in the area to help prevent flooding.

"We've been flooded twice in the last 13 months, it's had a big impact on our business. We need help. We do appreciate that down in England they have severe flooding but then this is our livelihood, it's happened twice as I say, every time it happens the insurance goes up, this is our livelihood, it's heartbreaking, it's heartbreaking."

– Carol Wither, owner Granny's Kitchen, Newton Stewart

Around The House: MPs acknowledge shadow of Iraq in debate over Syria.

In our political programme from Westminster, a panel of MPs considered the aftermath of the Government's defeat in the Commons over possible military action in Syria.

Joining Helen Ford for the studio discussion; the Labour MP for Dumfries and Galloway, Russell Brown; the Conservative member for Scarborough and Whitby, Robert Goodwill, and the Redcar Liberal Democrat Ian Swales.

You can watch an edited version of the debate here:


Around The House: Tonight at 11.35pm

Around The House at 11.35pm on ITV Credit: ITV Border

Helen Ford presents our political programme from Westminster.

Hexham MP Guy Opperman will be in the studio to discuss payday loans and alternatives to high-cost credit.

Also in the programme, Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown joins the panel of MPs to consider Westminster's response to the crisis in Syria.

Cumbrian apprentices visit Westminster

An award winning team of apprentices from Cumbria have been in Westminster to meet with the Business Secretary Vince Cable.

The youngsters, who work at a manufacturing company based in Wigton, were invited to parliament to meet with MPs after winning the Brathay Apprentice Challenge last week.

Richard Wilson reports:

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