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A senior cabinet minister is visiting Yalding in Kent this afternoon. Danny Alexander MP, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury is meeting people whose homes have been affected by flooding.
The minister is expected to make an announcement about help for those who need to make claims on their insurance for damage to property and possessions.
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David Cameron has unveiled a £10 million package of support for businesses hit by the floods.
Small and medium sized businesses will be able to access the funds to help with clean up costs and to keep trading throughout.
A helpline will also open to give advice, as well as 'no penalty charges' for those who are late filing accounts because of the crisis.
The Prime Minister has said:
– David Cameron, Prime Minister
The Government is taking action across the board to deal with the clear-up
and help hard-working people affected by the floods.
Dealing with these floods will be a long haul, requiring a stepped-up
national effort with the whole country pulling together.
We will continue to help the people who need help and protect the
communities that need protecting."
The Environment Agency (EA) said 16 severe flood warnings remain in place for the South West and the Thames Valley, with almost 130 flood warnings and more than 180 flood alerts.
Mr Cameron has been monitoring efforts to control the flooding in Oxfordshire where his constituency is, in Witney.
– David Cameron, Prime Minister
The recent flooding has been a tragedy for all those affected and my thoughts are with them. While it is of no comfort to those individuals, over 1.3 million other homes have been protected since December and we will continue to invest in flood defence measures to protect even more.
He said tonight: "I am hopeful that the work to strengthen long-term flood defences, and the emergency measures which have been put in place over recent days and weeks will mean that we can minimise the number of homes and businesses affected by the latest high water levels.
The Prime Minister chaired another meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee this evening as the huge clean-up operation was getting underway.
But many areas of flood-hit Britain must prepare for water levels to rise once again as further rain is forecast over the coming days, bringing further misery to residents whose homes have already been flooded.
Swathes of the UK remain on high alert as people battle to protect their homes and communities from the floodwaters, which are still expected to rise in places despite today's calmer conditions.
Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West, spoke in the House of Commons at Prime MInister's Questions. He thanked emergency crews and volunteers for helping residents in his constituency and beyond; and pressed the Prime Minister to ensure that the details of flood help announced today would be publicised.
The Reading West MP Alok Sharma has asked the Prime Minister to share more information about help available for firms whose businesses have been hit by the flooding crisis.
The Prime Minister has been defending his Government's response to the flooding crisis sweeping the region. During PMQs at the House of Commons he has been questioned about the Environment Agency, and the looming cuts to its staffing levels.
David Cameron has also reiterated his pledge on money being no object when dealing with problem. He said he did not want homeowners to worry.