European Union Solidarity Fund:Written question - 64254

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Asked by Holly Lynch
(Halifax)
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Asked on: 17 February 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
European Union Solidarity Fund
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Statement of 16 January 2017, on Winter Flooding 2015-16, HCWS412, what the cost (a) in total and (b) of each constituent element of making an application to the EU Solidarity Fund was.
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Answered by: Andrew Percy
Answered on: 03 March 2017
Holding answer received on 22 February 2017

The Commission has now proposed to the European Parliament and Council that the UK receives a notional €60 million (circa £51.6 million) in assistance (subject to approval by the two bodies). However, owing to the costs involved in making an application and the effect of clawback through the UK rebate, the overall net benefit to the UK is only estimated to be €17 million (circa £15 million) This will be further offset by a payment of £14.5 million that the UK is legally obliged to make to the EU in respect of the UK’s 2007 application (by the then Labour Government) for Solidarity Fund assistance following the serious floods that year. Consequently, this funding does not offer additional support, but is only eligible to reimburse a small portion of the extensive financial support that has already been given by the government to areas affected.

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