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Cash boost to help farmers after floods

Andrew Stephenson MP
Andrew Stephenson MP
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Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson has welcomed the extension of the Farming Recovery Fund to help farmers affected by recent storms and floods.

This means farmers in Pendle affected by flooding will have access to grants of up to £20,000 via the Rural Payments Agency, to help them rebuild after the flooding.

The Farming Recovery Fund, originally launched to help farmers hit by Storm Desmond in Cumbria, Northumberland and parts of Lancashire, will now be extended to farmers in all the areas affected by storms over Christmas and Boxing Day.

These payments are part of more than £50 million of extra funding available for flood hit communities. The deadline for farmers to submit an application for the Fund has now been extended to April 1st, allowing farmers in affected areas time to apply.

So farmers can focus on recovering from floods, Rural Payments Agency is halting inspection in the flooded areas. Meanwhile, Natural England is also temporarily lifting requirements that normally apply to Environmental Stewardship agreements and protected sites.

Mr Stephenson said: “It is important that we support everyone who has been affected by the unparalleled flooding we have experienced over the Christmas holidays. One groups particularly affected are farmers. Therefore, I am pleased to see the Government supporting them by making £50 million extra funding available.”

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “We have witnessed further unprecedented flooding which will have serious consequences for farmers. We remain committed to providing practical support to those farmers affected.”

Farmers who want to apply for fund can find the form and guidance on GOV.UK. They can also contact Rural Services helpline on 03000 200301.