Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has today written to Elizabeth Truss, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to ensure that Lancashire receives its fair share of money from the EU Solidarity Fund.
The EU Solidarity Fund provides financial assistance to areas which have suffered from natural disasters, and Mr. Evans hopes to secure funds to aid the repairing of damage caused by floods.
In his letter to Ms. Truss, Mr. Evans said:
“As I am sure you are aware, the Ribble Valley was badly affected and around 300 homes and businesses were flooded. I am therefore asking that you ensure that the Ribble Valley, and the rest of Lancashire, receives its fair share of any money the Government secures from the EU Solidarity Fund.”
Many people in the Ribble Valley are still unable to live in their homes, and many businesses are still unable to run, therefore, the need for a speedy recovery is important for our community. With the UK giving a huge amount of money to the EU each week, it is important for them to provide our affected areas with funds to help rebuild them.
Mr. Evans further stated:
“The Ribble Valley has been one of the worst affected areas as a result of the recent floods. Therefore, it is important that the Government provides enough money to ensure that the Ribble Valley can be properly repaired. Without this, people will be out of the homes and businesses will be unable to run, and this could greatly damage our community. In the event that the British Government is successful in its application, I will continue to lobby for our area to receive its fair share of support.”