North west England floods 2015: government response

Government departments, councils and the Environment Agency are working together to do everything they can to help communities recover from the extreme weather during December 2015.

Latest situation: 14 December 2015

Work to identify additional flood protection measures for Cumbrian communities affected by extreme weather events like the recent record rainfall has been announced.

With flood alerts and warnings still in place for many areas of the north of England, government is working to ensure local emergency responders have everything they need.

You can check your flood risk and keep up to date by following@EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

Government support for homes, businesses, farmers and councils

An additional £51 million to support households and businesses affected by the floods has been announced by the Chancellor. This takes the total support pledged by the government to over £60 million.

Support payments worth up to £20,000 will be available to farmers across Cumbria and North Lancashire who have been affected by flooding to help restore damaged agricultural land.

Business rates and council tax relief for affected communities has been announced by the Communities and Local Government Secretary.

We will be opening the Bellwin scheme for councils affected by floods, and that 100% of eligible costs will be met by the government.

Government action on flood defences

Flood defences protected 8,600 homes across the north of England and, provided vital time for homes and businesses to be evacuated as well as reducing the impact.

Over the next 6 years we will be investing £2.3 billion in flood defences which is a real terms increase on the £1.7 billion invested in the last Parliament. This in turn is a real terms increase on the £1.5 billion spent between 2005 and 2010.

In addition, flood maintenance spending will be protected in real terms over this Parliament.

Flood insurance

The insurance industry is responding with help for homeowners. The Association of British Insurers has published a film on how to protect your home if you live in a flood prone area, or make a claim if you’re recovering from a flood. You can find more information on the Association’s website.

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