Last winter, to help local authorities deal with the immediate costs of the severe weather, the government activated the Bellwin scheme of emergency financial assistance to local authorities.
In recognition of the unique scale of the flooding,the government made the terms of the scheme more generous. This included lowering thresholds above which the government will compensate, and reimbursing 100% of local authorities’ costs above thresholds.
On 27 November 2014 the Secretary of State for Communities announced a consultation on improvements to the scheme including permanent lower thresholds and 100% grant rate.
Although the consultation does not close until 2 January 2015 it included proposed thresholds and these are being used as illustrative thresholds for the 2015 to 2016 local government finance settlement. They are based on the latest available data.