Flood cash review is underway - Cameron

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DAVID Cameron revealed the Government is considering extending the period covered by offers of extra help made in the wake of the winter floods yesterday.

The Prime Minister admitted that some communities hit by flooding last year were not able to claim for assistance made available in response to the winter weather which left some parts of the country, in particular areas of the South West, under water.

He said Ministers were looking at whether the period covered by the payments could be backdated further.

But he made clear any such backdating would be limited to the start of the 2013 financial year.

That would be enough to cover the relatively small number of Yorkshire properties hit by flooding last summer but not the devastation caused in the region in 2012.

Mr Cameron was asked about the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions by the new MP for Newark, Robert Jenrick.

The Prime Minister said: “There are parts of the country, in Nottinghamshire but also elsewhere, that flooded during the course of 2013 and were not eligible for some of the payments made subsequent to the flooding at the turn of the last year, with support for householders and farmers and other sorts of proposals.

“We are looking very hard at whether we can put back to the beginning of the 2013 financial year the eligibility criteria for that flood work.”

Calderdale Council leader Tim Swift wrote to Mr Cameron earlier this year asking for the district to he given the same level of support as offered to authorities in the South.