UK govt must apply now for EU funding to help communities hit by floods

18 November 2019

Labour MEPs have written to the Prime Minister demanding the government applies immediately for European Union funding to help communities hit by recent flooding.

The UK is entitled to apply for money from the EU Solidarity Fund, a fund which is aimed to support regions and communities hit by natural disasters such as severe flooding.

In recent days large parts of Yorkshire, as well as Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, have been struck by flooding.

Following the devastating floods in Cumbria in December 2015, Labour MEPs successfully pressed the government to apply belatedly for EU funds to support local communities deal with the aftermath of the floods.

In the letter, Labour MEP Leader and Yorkshire MEP Richard Corbett writes:

“While we are still members of the EU, we are entitled to benefit from this solidarity mechanism (to which we have contributed) ... we urge you this time not to wait until the 11th hour to seek help from our friends and partners in Europe.”

Jude Kirton-Darling, Labour MEP for the North East, said:

“At a time when the government has moved to an election footing it is vital they do not forget their duty to protect those in need. Whilst we remain in the European Union we have accessible to funding that could be used to help.

“I urge the Prime Minister not to let his ideological opposition towards to the EU blind him to the fact that people need help right now and funds are available. With funding avenues to explore, our government should waste no time in applying for it.”

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