Sturgeon promises aid to all affected by flood damage

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Buchan residents can apply for part of a £12 million fund made available by the Scottish Government to help those devastated by the floods.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the aid package today which will be added to the £4 million announced by the Deputy First Minister in his budget statement.

Ms Sturgeon said: ““With this new funding, every household and business premises that has seen flood water damage will be able to claim a grant of £1,500 from their Local Authority.

“They can use this to replace lost or damage items or to take steps to help flood proof their home.”

Local Authorities which have suffered the most damage as a result of the flooding have been allocated a share of the fund, however, people in any part of Scotland who have suffered flood damage as a result of the severe weather can apply for a grant, with Scottish Government meeting the cost.

In addition to flood relief support, businesses whose ability to trade has been severely affected by flooding will be able to apply for an additional grant of £3,000 funded by the Scottish Government and administered by their Local Authority.

Extra capital funding of up to £5 million will also be made available to Local Authorities to replace infrastructure severely damaged by flood waters.

Ms Sturgeon said: ““In the face of devastation Scotland’s communities have rallied together and shown real strength.

“I have met with some local business owners who have made a real difference by offering vital support and once again I am amazed by the determination and dedication of all of our emergency services who are working around the clock to save homes and livelihoods.”

The Scottish Government has also promised An Agricultural Floodbank Restoration Grant Scheme of up to £1 million which will be made available to the farming community to seek financial support to restore damaged floodbanks and discussions will continue next week with the industry as to how government can support them through severe weather.

Allan Bowie, NFU Scotland President, said: ““The damage seen on Scottish farms up and down the country has been extensive and the job of restoring flood banks and clearing up the debris will be costly and time consuming.

“ However, that restoration work is absolutely necessary to restore flooded land to its productive capacity. The full picture will not be known until the waters recede but it goes without saying that, for a good number of farmers, the effects will be felt for much longer.

“The financial support to help to restore some of the damage is much appreciated and we will work with Government over the next few days to ensure that this money gets to where it most needed.”