Clydesdale MSP Aileen Campbell has written to the Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell to demand that the UK apply for support from the European Union Solidarity Fund. The Scottish Government last week wrote to UK Environment Secretary Liz Truss and urged her to apply for EUSF aid. Any application must come from a member state government so the Scottish Government is unable to apply directly.
The European Solidarity Fund was created following severe flooding in Central Europe in the summer of 2002 and the UK has previously received €162.3m from the EU as a consequence of the flooding in 2007. Payments from the fund can be used by public authorities to deal with non-insurable damage such as salvage operations, repair of infrastructure and temporary accommodation.
The Scottish Government has already activated the Bellwin Scheme which provides emergency financial assistance to local authorities. The Scottish Government is also giving a grant of £1500 to households, charities and businesses affected by the floods.
Commenting Aileen said:
“The Tories seem paralysed by their distrust of Europe when they should be getting on with the job and applying to the fund. We contribute to this fund for this very purpose. Whilst most of Clydesdale had a lucky escape that’s of little comfort to those who were hit by the floods. The West Coast Main Line also continues to be affected.
“David Mundell is supposed to be the secretary of State for Scotland. He should be using all of his influence to get the Tory Government to apply to this fund. Not only are the Tories depriving the entire public sector north of the border of resources with their austerity agenda - they are passing up on the opportunity to apply for much needed support.”