Theresa May denies Cumbria its Storm Desmond funds

**** JOINT Press Release – UKIP West Cumbria, UKIP Westmorland and Lonsdale, UKIP Barrow and Furness and UKIP County Chairmen ****

Theresa May denies Cumbria its Storm Desmond funds.

On 18th May, ITV Border reported Theresa May’s decision to use all of the £15 million allocated for Storm Desmond victims to pay off a fine from Labour mis-spending in 2007.

UKIP chairmen across Cumbria have roundly condemned this approach.

Issuing a joint statement, UKIP West Cumbria chairman David Wilson, UKIP Westmorland & Lonsdale chairman David Walker, UKIP Barrow & Furness chairman Colin Rudd and UKIP County chairman Fiona Mills said today:

” This decision by Theresa May and her administration is simply outrageous. Across Cumbria we still have communities and their councils struggling to rebuild roads, land, homes and businesses well over a year after Storm Desmond smashed its way across us.

In December 2016, there were still 700 families unable to return to their homes and almost 200 businesses still not fully operational. Hundreds of farmers are still waiting for emergency funding to restore agricultural land.

Staveley near Kendal, for example, still does not have all its normal access routes open, and we had to wait 6 months for the repairs to be complete to the A591, which was completely closed between Ambleside and Keswick.

This Prime Minister makes good-sounding speeches but when it comes to the crunch, this is what it really means to be part of the Conservative’s ‘shared society’ and ‘country that works for everyone”.

Responding to this decision, UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall added:

“The money allocated for Storm Desmond victims should be used for that and nothing else. People in Cumbria have literally been hung out to dry by the Conservatives and frankly, it’s a disgrace. It’s particularly galling when we read day after day how much of our money is squandered on foreign aid.

If the foreign aid budget was slashed, as polls show most people want, there would be ample funds to help flood victims.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

Cumbria bore the brunt of Storm Desmond in December 2015 and is still struggling to get back on its feet properly in many areas.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-38194698

http://www.itv.com/news/border/2017-01-18/15million-eu-flood-fund-spent-on-paying-off-government-fine/

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/14432847.VOTE__Fears_for_village_as_storm_damaged_bridge_to_be_shut_for_18_months/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_Desmond

All enquiries about this press release should be directed to Press and Social Media Officer, Beverley Nash.

This press release has been approved by UKIP’s NW regional office.

ukipwestcumbria@gmail.com (preferred due to poor phone signal)

07784 847815

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