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Prime Minister pledges support for Bridgwater
PRIME Minister David Cameron has pledged his support to help flood-hit communities in Bridgwater, according to the town’s MP.
Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger has met with Cameron and says the PM recognises Bridgwater has seen its share of flooding, along with other communities in Somerset.
Mr Liddell-Grainger told the Mercury: “I told him about the whole situation, but also mentioned the flooding in Blake Gardens. He said if we need any more help, we will get it.
“People are very tired and scared but we will get through this. It’s a team effort and I’m glad to see central Government is thinking of us here in Bridgwater.”
The Conservative MP also welcomed an announcement by communities secretary Eric Pickles in the House of Commons that changes have been made to the Bellwin formula, which helps fund councils faced with huge emergencies, such as flooding.
Currently, local authorities can get 85% refunds on their costs, but now they will get 100% and have until March to make a request for flood aid.
Mr Prickles, who was standing in for environment secretary, Owen Paterson, who was having emergency eye surgery, made the announcement last week.
He said: “This January has been the wettest since George III was on the throne.
“We cannot control the weather. But we can and will provide the security that hard-working people deserve to allow them to get on with their daily lives.”
Mr Liddell-Grainger said: “This is fantastic news. Sedgemoor will be able to claim back taxpayers’ money which has been needed to assist those caught up in the flooding.”
The Government will also provide an additional £130 million for emergency repairs and maintenance split into £30 million in the current year and £100 million next year.
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