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Ed Miliband to call for faster flooding insurance claims

Insurance bosses will meet ministers to discuss their response to the flood crisis. Victims have received £14m in emergency payments so far. Ed Miliband will call for faster processing of insurance claims when he too meets industry representatives.

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Cameron unveils £10m support for flood hit businesses

David Cameron has unveiled a £10 million package of support for businesses hit by the floods.

Small and medium sized (SME) firms will be able to access funds so that they can meet clean-up costs and keep trading in the wake of the winter storms.

David Cameron talks with farmer Tim Hook near Bampton, in Oxfordshire. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A helpline is also being set up to provide advice, and those who are late filing accounts because of the crisis will not incur penalties.

The Prime Minister said recovering from the brutal weather would be a "long haul", and he wanted to help companies get "back on their feet".

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