Following the flash flooding in North Yorkshire, the CLA Director North Dorothy Fairburn immediately wrote to George Eustice, Defra Minister of State responsible for farming, calling on the government to put support measures in place to help farmers and rural communities recover quickly.
Over the weekend, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced that it’s making up to £2 million available for farming businesses affected by recent floods incidents in North Yorkshire and Whalley Bridge.
The funding will be available through a scheme modelled broadly on the Farming Recovery Fund which operated in 2015/16 where farmers could apply for a contribution to uninsurable losses incurred as a result of the heavy rain and flooding.
More detail will be provided in due course and Defra are working to ensure the support available best meets the needs of those affected.
CLA North Rural Adviser Libby Bateman said, “The CLA welcomes the government’s announcement of funding for local communities and farmers in North Yorkshire who have been affected by the recent flooding. We have been working closely with farming support organisations and the local MP to ensure a swift and robust response to this very difficult situation. The diverse nature and quality of this response exemplifies what resilience is all about.”
“However, we are awaiting more detail on the £2 million funding support from Defra, and advise affected farmers and landowners to notify the Rural Payments Agency of their situation as soon as possible. It is our hope that affected farmers will be able to apply without unnecessary red tape.”
“The CLA, along with partner organisations in the area, will continue to do whatever is required to ensure resources are allocated to reboot local communities, as well as the farming and visitor economy.”
Additionally, The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has activated the government's emergency Bellwin scheme to reimburse local authorities for the immediate costs they have paid out in support of the emergency in Derbyshire and flooding in Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire.
Under the scheme, local authorities dealing with the Whaley Bridge emergency and for flooding in Wainfleet and Richmondshire can apply to have 100% of the money they have spent, above a threshold, reimbursed by the government. This could be for items including rest centres, temporary accommodation and staff overtime.
The CLA North office has contacted all affected members in the area but for any other information related to the recent flash floods, contact CLA North Rural Adviser Libby Bateman by telephoning 01748 90 7070.