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Funding for flood victims welcomed

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

FUNDING WELCOMED: Sheryll Murray MP visits storm hit Millendreath on Saturday.

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MP FOR South East Cornwall Sheryll Murray has welcomed the news of extra funding from the government to help the victims of the recent flooding.

Prime Minister David Cameron told Mrs Murray in a letter on Friday that the government will provide repair grants of up to £5,000 per house and business affected to help build better flood defences.

Mr Cameron also confirmed that businesses which have been affected by the floods will get 100 per cent business rate relief for three months and will also get an extra three months to pay business taxes they owe.

The announcement comes after a review of the Bellwin scheme, which gives additional money to local councils in times of an emergency. When Cornwall moved to a unitary authority it lost its ability to claim this money from the government.

"I am pleased that David Cameron has announced changes which should mean millions more for Cornwall," Mrs Murray said.

"There is still a lot of work to be done and I will continue to push the issues affecting us in South East Cornwall."

The government has also secured a total commitment in excess of £750 million from the major banks to provide financial support to business and individual customers affected by the floods, and there is to be a targeted review of the resilience of the transport network to extreme weather events.

Mrs Murray said she is also pushing for the government to look at the people who have been indirectly affected by the floods.

"There are many who rely on tourism and this has been hit by adverse news reports and infrastructure issues," she said.

"I am also continually pushing for the details of any help to ensure information gets to those that need it.

"My office is there to help, so please do give my office a ring on 01579 344428 or email me at sheryll@sheryllmurray.com."

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