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Government pledges £1m for charity helping South Yorkshire flood victims

A charity helping vulnerable people affected by flooding in South Yorkshire will get a £1 million boost.

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Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said the Government will match funds raised by the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal Fund up to the value of £1 million.

Mr Jenrick said:

The flooding in South Yorkshire this winter has been devastating for families. However, when I visited Bentley in Doncaster I was humbled by the incredible strength of community spirit.

"Along with the hard work of the emergency services, the response from charities and volunteers has been outstanding.

"From helping with the immediate emergency response to providing temporary accommodation and getting people the legal and financial advice they need, this support has been crucial to these hard-hit communities.

"But more support is still needed, which is why we're matching money raised by the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal Fund pound for pound, to further help vulnerable people facing hardship to recover and get back on their feet."

– Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick

He also confirmed the Government will investigate whether those affected had sufficient insurance cover, adding that further information about the review will be published in the new year.

The appeal fund has raised more than £500,000 already.

The Government has also pledged a further £300,000 of match-funding for other eligible areas affected by recent flooding, and where a flooding framework has been activated.

Huw Evans, director general of the Association of British Insurers, said:

Insurers have responded promptly and effectively to these latest floods, so any review should focus on how to improve under-insurance where the Government itself has an important role to build awareness.

"Insurers expect to pay out over £100 million in claims from the South Yorkshire floods and have played a vital role in helping people and businesses manage the impact of the devastating flooding.

"The UK's world-first Flood Re scheme fulfils an important role in ensuring affordable ongoing insurance for households in high-flood risk areas, while avoiding incentivising unwise construction.

"So far 250,000 homeowners have benefited from the scheme, who would otherwise face difficulties in getting flood cover.

"UK insurers, who set up Flood Re, and pay £180 million per year to support it, will resist any attempts to widen the scheme to cover recent floodplain development."

– Huw Evans