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MP's flooding spending concerns

A North Yorkshire MP's concerns about local government spending following recent flooding will be debated in Westminster.

Anne McInstosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey secured the debate, which will take place on Tuesday in Westminster Hall.

I would like to thank and congratulate the emergency services such as the Fire and Rescue teams as well as the Environment Agency and North Yorkshire County Council teams who worked round the clock to keep people safe,

I intend to raise issues following the deluge in September across North Yorkshire and the significant damage caused.

The local councils have to bear the initial cost of repairing roads and bridges and there are also insurance implications following any flood event. It is however hoped that an application can be made under the Bellwin Scheme once the threshold has been reached.

– Anne McIntosh MP

She added:

There are concerns of logistical difficulties of conducting inspections within a three month time frame as well as the fact that damage to bridges and roads may be excluded.

I would also like to raise the need to reach agreement on insurance claims with a replacement to the statement of principles insurance to be in place before the current one expires in June 2013.

I am pleased to have the opportunity to raise these important issues.

– Anne McIntosh MP