Government invests £8.4m in flood charities

Communities Secretary Greg Clark has announced that charities supporting the flood victims will receive an £8.4 million boost.

The investment is part of multi-million pound package of support for areas hit by storms Desmond and Eva at the end of 2015. Clark added that the government would match the funds raised by charities and community groups hit by floods.

The funds will be used to contribute to clean-up costs; emergency repairs; clothing; food and drink; heating and heating equipment; and basic furniture.

Commenting on the investment, Clark said: “Whether it was helping with the clean-up operation, offering food and blankets or putting people in touch with much-needed legal or financial advice, an army of volunteers offered considerable support to people when they needed it most.

“Having met a number of these community groups in flood-affected areas, and seen for myself the incredible work they have done, we will match, pound for pound, the money raised by these groups to help local people who were hardest-hit.

“It means an £8.4 million boost to their fundraising efforts, meaning more of the thousands of families and businesses affected can benefit from this help to get back on their feet.”