Shops in areas prone to flood damage receive less funding
Those shops most in need of financial support after flooding are underfunded, research shows.
The disaster recovery specialists found that while London and the south-east have just 17% of the most flood-prone locations, they receive 60% of government flood defence funding.
Retailers in Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Lancashire claimed last month that poor flood defences led to damage and evacuations of their shops. In July, flooding affected a number of convenience stores and newsagents in North Yorkshire, but Yorkshire and the Humber still receives the least flood defence funding of any region.
Denise Taylor, of Hewsons in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, told RN her store had suffered serious financial harm from the recent flooding. Responding to the research, she said: “We would like to see more done in the way of support, and recently we were part of a public meeting that called for more help from the government to protect businesses.”
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