The Secretary of State announced on 13 February 2014 further changes to the Bellwin scheme which provides emergency financial assistance to local authorities in England. The scheme has been strengthened in response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the 2013 to 2014 winter’s flooding. The government will now pay 100% of the costs incurred above the threshold, rather than the usual 85%. The threshold has been reduced for all county councils and unitary authorities to make it easier for them to claim Bellwin support.
A large proportion of those Bellwin payments are to be made available now, rather than waiting until the situation has cleared up before local authorities can make those claims. This means that local authorities will have access to the cash they need right now to deal with the pressing problems caused by the weather.
This form is for local authorities to put a request to the Department for Communities and Local Government for this emergency payment.
The notes set out the draft terms under which the Secretary of State is prepared to make available emergency financial assistance to local authorities in England under Section 155 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, in relation to dealing with the flooding in their areas from 5 December 2013 to 13 February 2014.
The local authorities listed on the terms are those who have currently registered for the scheme - more local authorities will be added as they register.