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CLG: Flood Recovery Minister John Healey has announced the Government's intention to lodge an application to the European Commission for support from the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to help recovery from the recent flooding in the UK.
Government has already announced over £46million for flood-hit areas as well as more support through the special Bellwin scheme. This application is subject to meeting the eligibility criteria set out by the European Commission and, if successful, they would expect resources to be available in nine to twelve months time.
The aim of the EUSF is to help Member States meet the uninsurable costs of dealing with natural disasters, for example, supporting the costs of emergency services, cleaning up and putting infrastructure back into working order.
For the application to be successful, the technical criteria set out by the EU state the total amount of damage caused by a natural disaster has to exceed £2.2bn.