Payments to ‘Frank’ victims

The Deputy First Minister John Swinney. Picture: Neil Hanna
The Deputy First Minister John Swinney. Picture: Neil Hanna

Scottish Government ministers are discussing emergency cash help to local authorities that have suffered in the aftermath of Storm Frank.

The Bellwin Scheme is discretionary cash that can be given to councils facing a large burden due to large-scale emergencies.

Deputy First Minister and Finance Secretary John Swinney said: “Various parts of Scotland are experiencing emergency situations caused by flooding after Storm Frank.

“This Government is committed to helping communities get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

“I have today agreed to activate the Bellwin Scheme — which provides support to local authorities to assist with immediate and unforeseen costs of dealing with the latest flood damage.

“I would encourage everyone to monitor SEPA’s Floodline website for the latest flood information and to sign up to receive flood warnings direct to their phone.”

The Bellwin Scheme operates under Section 155(2) of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Councils can apply for additional finance to help with expenditure above their threshold limit under this discretionary scheme but there is no entitlement.