Plaid Cymru’s North Wales MS Llyr Gruffydd has called for prompt payment to people affected by last week’s floods in communities across the North.
Mr Gruffydd said: “There are dozens of households in Bangor-on-Dee, Ruthin, New Broughton, Rossett and elsewhere across the North that have suffered flood damage and it’s imperative that they get speedy support.
“The response from the emergency services and councils has been swift and effective. The Welsh Government has pledged cash support, which is welcome news. But I’ve written to the First Minister to insist that this funding is made available as quickly as possible because it’s in the initial days and weeks that they need that money to replace lost and damaged goods.
“In the Rhondda, people who were flooded out earlier this year waited six weeks for cash payments and some were still waiting two months after they’d been evacuated. So, with that in mind, I want to make sure that lessons have been learned and we can ensure people in north Wales are not left waiting in the same way.”
COPY OF LETTER
Dear Mark and Lesley,
I was encouraged to hear that compensation would be paid by the Welsh Government to victims of last week’s floods in various communities across the North, both residential and business.
I am, however, concerned that similar promises of flood payments made last year in the Rhondda Cynon Tâf area resulted in delays of two months for some flood victims at a time when that money was needed promptly and upfront.
What assurances can you give that funding for householders to get back to some kind of normality after flooding will be paid promptly and that flood victims will not have to chase and complain as they had to in some cases in the Valleys?