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Floods: Costs

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 13th May 2008.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Conservative, Buckingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the cost to the (a) public purse, (b) local community and (c) local economy of the flooding in Buckingham of 21 July 2007.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

We do not hold information about the total costs to specific local areas of the county. Nor do we hold figures for the financial impact on local economies which is also difficult to quantify. However, the South East Regional Development Agency has reported that 110 businesses were affected across the South East. Only one business in Buckingham applied to the RDA for grant aid and as a result received a payment of £1,382.04.

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