The Government is to give councils financial assistance to help households and businesses impacted by the recent flooding which left 150,000 properties across the UK without power over Christmas.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has written to local authorities saying that the government had activated the Bellwin Scheme, which allows councils to receive financial assistance depending on local circumstances.
The department has also asked for assurance that councils are prepared for any future flooding and that everything possible is being done to help those affected by the bad weather. Further flooding in the UK is expected this week.
Communities Minister Kris Hopkins said: “Councils have a vital role, along with emergency services in responding to households and businesses which have been disrupted by the floods that have affected parts of the country.”