The Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has said he will change the restrictions on access to emergency funds for local authorities to allow them to access an extra £15 million to cover immediate flood-related costs:
– Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles
I will be writing to councils shortly about lowering the threshold for the Bellwin scheme, which I estimate will make an extra £15m available to meet the immediate costs associated with protecting lives and properties.
I want to pay tribute to all the people who have rallied to support those communities affected.
That impressive British goodwill has seen neighbour helping neighbour, people refusing to take money for providing shelter and Gatwick waiving fees for additional Flybe flights to Newquay.