Floods: Somerset

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 17th February 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Byford Baroness Byford Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Somerset floods of 2014, what payments have been made to date to farmers who lodged claims; and what proportion of those payments have been made by (1) central government, (2) local government, and (3) the appeal fund raised to help those affected.

Photo of Lord de Mauley Lord de Mauley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra awarded £1.74 million in grants to farmers in Somerset through the Farming Recovery Fund. To date grant claims totalling £1.23 million have been received and as of 6 February 2015, £818,055 has been paid out.

We do not hold information on money paid out by local Government or by any local appeal funds.

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