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Government increases farmers' flood fund share

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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Environment Secretary accepts farmers' criticism

The Environment secretary, Owen Paterson, has accepted criticism from farmers who have complained it is too difficult to apply for flood recovery money.

The minister was in Somerset this morning to announce the next phase of funding.

Until now, flooded farmers could only apply for up to £5,000. Now they can apply for £35,000 worth of relief.

But some farmers say the forms are too complicated and difficult to complete.

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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How £20 million flood plan money will be spent

Details have been revealed of how £20 million pounds will be spent on the Somerset Levels to prevent flooding. It includes raising a road near Muchelney - which was completely cut off by the flood water.

And that's just one of many schemes Somerset County Council says could be finished by the end of the year. Our Somerset correspondent David Woodland reports.

'Famous' flooded Somerset Levels car put up for sale

Owner Hubert Zajaczkowski, reunited with his car. Credit: Hubert Zajaczkowski/Ebay

A car that was submerged on the Somerset Levels for nearly two months and became an enduring image of the crisis has been put up for sale online.

Describing it as 'the famous flooded Seat Toledo from Somerset', owner Hubert Zajaczkowski describes the car's condition as 'used', and points out that it no longer works. He will donate the money from the sale to a floods relief charity.

The car's interior. Credit: Hubert Zajaczkowski/Ebay
The car at the height of the floods. Credit: PA

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Volunteers help in clear up after floods

Somerset flood clear up expected to last a year Credit: ITV News West Country

Hundreds of volunteers have started to help in the clear up operation in Somerset. 150 homes are still flooded on the Somerset Levels and Moors, with thousands of hectares of farm land still under water.

More than 400 people have volunteered to help with clearing up. It's expected to take the next year.

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Explained: the plan to stop the Somerset Levels flooding

The eagerly awaited plan to prevent flooding on the Somerset levels has been published. Proposals include a tidal barrage, dredging rivers and raising roads to stop villages being cut off.

It's been backed by the Government which has pledged £10 million towards it. But that's far short of the £100 million it would cost.

Here's our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine.

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