Following the severe flooding, Local MEP SaJJad Karim writes that Cumbria could benefit from EU funding as well as from the UK government:
“This could include the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) which was introduced to help countries and people who have been adversely affected by disasters, and Sajjad believes the United Kingdom would qualify for funding as a “Regional Disaster”.”
“In the wake of the flooding in Suffolk in 2014, following evaluation, the Government decided not to apply for EUSF support due to the effect this could have on the UK Rebate. However the situation across Cumbria is infinitely worse and the consequential bill for damage is obviously going to be far greater.”
“Sajjad said “I am actively seeking further clarification on exactly and by how much a successful bid for EUSF would affect our rebate. I have submitted a Written Question in the European Parliament and I am also making enquiries directly with the Commission to obtain further details.”
In common with the issue of votes for 16-17-year-olds (and all EU-resident British expats?), let’s hope the government doesn’t also fear charges from Eurosceptics of trying to rig the EU referendum, if it demonstrates the benefit of EU membership by applying for such EU funding support!