Part of a £15million flood recovery fund will not be spent on flood repairs in Cumbria.
Britain has been given the money from the European Union to tackle the problems caused by Storm Desmond.
In 2007, the Labour government received money from the same fund but misspent it on other projects, according to the EU.
The UK government has now received a £15million fine for that breach of the fund's rules.
The current administration has decided that the money will be used to repay the fine, rather than spent on flood repairs.