The Environment Secretary has revealed that just a small proportion of the fund set up to help farmers recover from the floods has actually been spent.
So far just 40 farmers have been successful in claiming any money from the £10m fund - with many complaining it is too difficult or too complicated to apply.
Until now farmers in affected areas have been able to apply for up to £5,000. Today Owen Paterson was in Somerset to announce that was rising to £35,000.
Robert Murphy reports:
If you're a farmer and need some help applying for the flood recovery fund, you can ring Somerset County Council on 01823 355427 and speak to Abigail Vickery and Anne Langdon.
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