CUMBRIA FLOODS: ‘Get Flood Relief from EU’ – Copeland MP Tells PM

In the wake of the devastation caused by the recent flooding, Copeland MP, Jamie Reed has written to the Prime Minister urging the Government to apply for relief funding from the European Union.
In 2002, following devastating floods in Central Europe, the EU set up a European Union Solidarity Fund in order to respond to natural disasters.  Recently, countries such as Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Italy have received support from the Fund following flooding and other sever weather.  Applications must be made by the National Government of a EU Member State so it is the responsibility of the Government to access this funding.
In his letter to the Prime Minister, Jamie Reed says:
“The support announced by the Government last week is welcome and I hope the Government does all it can in order to ensure this support is received by those who need it as soon as possible.”
On the subject of the European Union Solidarity Fund, Jamie Reed wrote:
“The communities of Cumbria need access to this support.  Access to this financial support would enable the communities of Keswick, Cockermouth and others to speed up the recovery process and enable families and businesses to get back on their feet as soon as possible.”
Any application for support from the relief fund must be submitted within 12 weeks meaning the Government must act quickly. 
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“This fund is set up specifically to provide support for those communities throughout the EU that are affected by disasters such as the floods we have seen here recently.
“Only the Government can apply for the support from the EU Solidarity Fund and now they must be proactive in helping the communities of Cumbria by submitting an application as soon as possible.  This financial support is badly needed in order to help families, businesses and whole communities get back on their feet.
“The community spirit on display and the resilience of the people of Cumbria is frankly remarkable, but as the national TV cameras leave and attentions turn elsewhere, the real work  begins.  The clean up operation will take time, but the Government must do all it can to access this funding to support our communities.”

Full text of Jamie Reed’s Letter to the Prime Minister: 
The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA 
14th December 2015
Dear Prime Minister
Flooding in Cumbria
The recent flooding in Cumbria caused by the severe Storm Desmond has left many families, homes, businesses and communities devastated.  The damage caused is matched only by the resilience shown by many in my constituency and surrounding constituencies.  Many face Christmas away from their homes, but the spirit with which the affected communities have come together is extremely heartening.
The support announced by the Government last week is welcome and I hope the Government does all it can in order to ensure this support is received by those who need it as soon as possible.
On the issue of financial support for those affected, I am writing to ask that the Government formally applies for funding from the European Union Solidarity Fund.  Any application to access this fund must be made by Government and must be submitted within 12 weeks of the damage being caused.
Recently, the EUSF has provided relief support for Greece (9.9 million euros), Bulgaria (6.3 million euros and 1.98 million euros on separate occasions), Romania (8.5 million euros) and Italy (56 million euros) to cope with flooding and severe weather conditions.  The fund was set up in 2002 in order to respond to natural disasters such as flooding.  The communities of Cumbria need access to this support.  Access to this financial support would enable the communities of Keswick, Cockermouth and others to speed up the recovery process and enable families and businesses to get back on their feet as soon as possible.
My constituents and I would expect the Government to be proactive in applying for this funding.  It is badly needed and responding to this level of disaster is exactly what the fund is for.  Can you confirm that the UK Government will be applying for relief funding from the European Union Solidarity Fund?
I look forward to your reply.
Yours sincerely,
Jamie Reed
Member of Parliament for Copeland
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