In January, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper wrote to the Prime Minister urging the government to make an application to the EU Solidarity Fund to secure additional funds to flood hit homeowners, businesses and farmers.
On the 22 February the government was still deliberating on whether to make an application as the 12 week deadline following an incident to declare the intention to apply approached. This was the stated position in correspondence Rosie received from a minister, James Wharton MP, at the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Three days later in responding to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons the same minister announced that the UK government would be making an application.
In response to the announcement, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I am glad that the government has finally decided to listen to MPs representing communities hit by the December floods and apply to the EU Solidarity Fund.
“Although they’ve taken a long time to reach the decision.
“If the application is successful and the government secures monies from the fund, I would expect the additional funds to be invested back into the communities that were devastated by the most recent floods. Not using this money to cover the monies the government have spent in the immediate aftermath of the flooding.
“A commitment they have refused to give in the debate or subsequently.
“Every penny of funding is essential in rebuilding and restoring so many communities, including across West Lancashire.”