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Local authorities to get extra £31m for flood damage

Local authorities affected by last summer’s floods will get an extra £31 million to rebuild their worst-hit areas, floods recovery minister John Healey has said

The money is coming from the European Union Solidarity Fund and is on top of the £88 million that has already been made available to flood-hit areas.

Local authorities will be consulted on how much cash they need for restoration and police and fire services will also have access to the funds. A payout will be made in due course.

Mr Healey said: “Because central Government will formally account for the EUSF grant, local government can be free to use this money as they see fit to ensure it makes a real difference."

Funding will also be allocated to the Northern Irish and Welsh devolved administrations in line with the damage they suffered.