The Welsh Government seem to have been disappointed in their hope for extra flood repair money from the UK Government. Even though David Cameron told me Pembrokeshire that there would be nothing extra, others, notably the Welsh Government saw in his very visit a hint there would be some new cash.
Its expectation increased after David Cameron announced money for councils to give council tax rebates to flood-hit households without specifying if that meant English councils. The Welsh Government's now got clarity and it isn't happy.
Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies said:
David Cameron’s visit to Wales has caused serious confusion and upset. Whilst in Wales he announced on social media that ‘we will fund councils that give council tax rebates to people whose homes have been flooded.’ There was no ambiguity to that statement.
Communities he was visiting today would obviously expect the support announced today, in Wales, to be available to them. We now understand that Number 10 has clarified his remarks and there will be no extra support for Welsh councils and businesses. That’s a real disappointment to those people in Wales he’s been visiting today. I have to ask what the purpose of today’s visit was, beyond an attempt to get a few local headlines.
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