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UK confirms emergency funding available in response to Grenfell Tower incident

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Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that a government emergency scheme will be activated to support the immediate response operation following the horrific incident at Grenfell Tower in London.

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Under the Bellwin scheme, financial assistance is available to local authorities to help with immediate costs following a disaster or emergency in their area that involves danger to life or property.

They can apply to have 100% of their eligible costs above a threshold reimbursed.

The Bellwin scheme compensates authorities for the exceptional costs incurred in incidents such as flooding.

Relevant authorities are eligible for costs under Bellwin when they have spent more than 0.2% of their calculated annual revenue budgets on emergency works.

The scheme provides emergency financial assistance to local authorities under section 155 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

The scheme is named after former Department of the Environment Minister Lord Bellwin.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: "First and foremost my thoughts are with the residents and families of those affected by the horrific incident at Grenfell Tower. Emergency services and the local community have been tremendous in their response.

"As the Prime Minister has been clear, the Government stands ready to help in anyway possible. We’re determined to stand squarely behind the affected communities.

"Funding through the Bellwin scheme will help councils support the community to get back on their feet."

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