Conservative Government ministers are having a laugh at the expense of flood victims across the UK – but This Writer doesn’t think it very funny.
They are saying they could apply for millions of pounds from the EU Solidarity Fund, to help victims of the recent floods.
Do they think we have stunted memories?
This is the same fund to which David Cameron notoriously “forgot” to apply during the flooding crisis of early 2014, while saying “Money is no object” when it came to flood relief.
At the time, This Blog said Cameron would not apply for EU aid because he did not want to lose face. As an example, it was noted that at a time when the UK’s future in Europe was being questioned, it would be “politically sensitive” (as Reuters describes it) for Cameron to go there and ask for a handout.
The UK’s future in Europe is still being questioned.
So, what has changed?
Will the Conservative Government claim any money?
They don’t help poor people.
The Government could apply for millions of pounds in EU aid to help rebuild the north of England after flooding in recent months, ministers have said.
In the last 12 months the Italian, Bulgarian and Romanian governments have drawn £40 million from the EU Solidarity Fund to help with recovery after flooding in their respective territory.
Britain has so far declined to make a claim from the fund, but the Government is now keeping “all options open”, according to a statement made by a communities minister.
The EU Solidarity Fund was set up to respond to major natural disasters and has paid out more than 70 times to 24 different European Countries since its creation in 2002.
An application to the fund must be made within 12 weeks of the date of the first damage caused by the disaster, meaning that time is running out for the UK to gain access to the money.
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