Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle and PPC for Elmet and Rothwell, Veronica King with David Richardson, a resident of Garforth whose home was flooded last year and Robert Richardson, the secretary of Garforth Flood Support Group.
This week marks a year since David Cameron told flood stricken communities that ‘money is no object’ in the relief effort. New figures revealed by Labour show that the Tory-led Government has failed to pay out millions in funds promised by David Cameron to flood victims.
David Cameron promised households and businesses with flood damaged property that they would be eligible for up to £5000 in grants for repairs.
Over 13,000 households and businesses were directly affected by the 2013/14 winter floods but a year later the Government has only paid out grants for repair work to 1680 households and businesses.
A year on from David Cameron’s pledge the Government have only paid out:
Less than one third of the £10m farming recovery fund for farmers affected by flooding
- Just over half of the £6m of council tax rebates for flood-damaged properties
- Less than a quarter of the £5m sport relief fund for damaged sporting facilities
Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle, joined Veronica King – Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Elmet & Rothwell – this week to visit the Garforth home of David Richardson, which was severely flooded last year, the third time he’s suffered a major flood. There she also met Robert Richardson, the secretary of Garforth Flood Support Group.
Maria Eagle MP, said:
“This time last year David Cameron promised that ‘money is no object’ for flood stricken communities and businesses, but the truth is that support has failed to reach many thousands still recovering from the damage caused by the winter floods. The Prime Minister has clearly gone from ‘money is no object’ to ‘out of sight, out of mind’.
"People like David in Garforth who we met this week deserve better – last August was the third time his home has been seriously flooded and he is still waiting to discover what the ramifications will be for his home insurance.
“David Cameron has also broken his promise to lead the ‘greenest Government ever’. It is clear flood protection is going backwards under this Tory-led Government because they’ve ignored the evidence on climate change. David Cameron has abandoned the last Labour government’s robust plans for reducing flood risk, slashed the budgets, crossed his fingers and hoped for the best. We know that Tory climate failure will put an extra 80,000 properties at risk from flooding in the next Parliament.
“The next Labour Government will make flood protection a top priority, introducing a new climate change adaptation programme and establishing an independent National Infrastructure Commission as part of our plan to protect homes and businesses from extreme weather caused by climate change.”