[S]ue Hayman, Member of Parliament for Workington, has this morning made her debut at the despatch box in the House of Commons in her new role as Shadow Minister for Flooding and Coastal Communities.
At Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Sue asked the Minister:
“The damage caused by storms last winter cost around £5 billion. Thousands of homes and businesses were flooded, and there was significant damage to roads and bridges.
“The then Prime Minister said money is no object, but local councils are still waiting. Allerdale council is still owed nearly £220,000.
“Can the Minister tell me how many councils are still waiting for the promised funds, and why?”
The Minister, Therese Coffey MP, replied that she did not know, but would look into this matter with the Department for Communities and Local Government and write to Sue in response.