Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has called on UK Business Ministers to ensure small businesses across Wales are not forgotten when allocating resources to flood-hit communities.
During Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy Questions, Chris sought assurances that ministers would provide additional support to Welsh businesses, via the Welsh Government, in those areas that have recently been hit by unprecedented flooding.
This intervention follows previous concerns raised by Chris and fellow Welsh Labour MPs that the UK Government’s response to the flooding has been inadequate. Chris and MPs from across Rhondda Cynon Taf in particular have called on UK Ministers to meet their legal obligation to maintain former coal mining sites.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“It’s been really positive to see how well the Welsh Labour Government and Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taf councils have responded to the recent flooding. We can’t pretend that this is a normal event though and it’s time the UK Government stepped up and added to their efforts.
“The far-reaching impact of this flood event and the very real risk of further events of a similar scale demands additional support from a UK-level.
Over 1,000 homes and hundreds of businesses were affected by Storm Dennis and Ciara in Rhondda Cynon Taf alone, with total costs to the local council thought to be in the region of £15 million.
Welsh Labour’s First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford AM, has promised up to £10 million of additional support to flood-hit communities.
“UK Government Ministers know that the extent of the recent flooding requires exceptional one-off support. We can’t afford for businesses to go under in Wales because the UK Government won’t step in and provide additional support to compliment the important work being done by the Welsh Labour Government and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.”