We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Council Still Faces Flood Funds Shortfall - Farron

March 25, 2016 11:41 AM

farron-oration jpgAnalysis by the Local Government Association reveals that of the £250million total bill faced by local authorities following the floods, Cumbria County Council was by far the worst-hit, with a bill of £175million. South Lakes MP Tim Farron has called on the government to make up the £16million funding shortfall the council still faces.

The LGA's research shows that councils have been left with a £250million bill to pay, following extensive damage to key infrastructure like roads, bridges, public rights of way, and drainage systems. Of this total, £175million is from Cumbria County Council. The final figure could be even higher as local authorities are still assessing the full cost.

However, Cumbria County Council still faces a shortfall of £16million. Tim has called on the government to make up this difference and provide the council with the funds it needs.

Tim said: "These figures show just how badly our area was hit. However, despite all the government's announcements and visits, they still haven't provided all the cash needed to repair the flood damage. The media attention has now gone, but the repair bills remain. The government must provide this cash without delay - it cannot simply leave it to local residents and businesses to pick up the tab."