We have had a lot of problems getting paid the £5000 so called grant, we have spent at least £500 in time dealing with CMBC to get paid. They seem to have a big issue over the fact that we provided our own labour to carry out resilience work and this despite the fact that we only charged out at cost to us. I almost wish I had charged out at full rates then we could have covered this level of administration.
It is vital that Calderdale Council, the Environment Agency and our local MP lobby the government and exert pressure on ministers now in the immediate aftermath of these devastating floods in order to secure the necessary funding for urgent flood prevention work over the coming months. They also need to obtain a cast-iron guarantee of adequate funding for longer term flood prevention schemes and maintenance programmes.
Why don't landlords qualify for funding to re-open their businesses? Tenants qualify for this but what happens if the tenants have had to move out of the property due to the damage caused to the property? Who is going to give support to the landlord to re-open their business? Landlords are business owners too but seem to slip through the net in terms of funding other than the flood resilience fund.
How does the government decide which flood measures to fund?
Central Government spending on flood defences will reduce in real terms over the spending review period. The Government has introduced a new flood defence funding system, which it believes will help to meet the shortfall. The new funding arrangements seek to encourage more local investment in flood defences, so that schemes that might not be funded nationally may still go ahead.
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