East Midlands Euro MP Glenis Willmott, Labour Leader in the European Parliament, said:
“The damage the floods have caused to people’s homes and businesses has been devastating for many people. We must make sure these areas receive as much support as possible.
“The EU can help provide financial assistance to the damaged areas and I very much hope the UK government will apply for these funds. So far this has not happened.”
Governments can apply to the EU Solidarity Fund for aid for disaster-stricken regions following natural disasters. It has been used for 56 disasters since being set up in 2002, covering a range of severe events including floods, forest fires, earthquakes, storms and drought; €3.5 billion in aid has been used in 23 European countries thus far.
Labour MEPs have been urging the UK government to apply to the Solidarity Fund to help the stricken areas.
“The EU money is there for exactly this purpose. People affected by the floods will rightly want to know why the Tory-led government isn’t applying for these funds when they are in desperate need of help.”