UK households to get £25,000 grants from government after 'exceptional' weather

UK households who live on farms are due £500 to £25,000 payments from the government after weather chaos sparked flooding havoc last autumn and winter. The government has launched a Farming Recovery Fund to support farmers who suffered uninsurable damage to their land due to flooding this winter.

Under the scheme, eligible farmers can access grants of between £500 and £25,000 to return their land to the condition it was in before exceptional flooding. Eligible farmers are being contacted directly by Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

The government has earmarked households in Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, West Northamptonshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire as eligible. Farming Minster Mark Spencer said: "I know how difficult this winter has been for farmers, with extreme weather such as Storm Henk having a devastating impact on both cropping and grazing, as well as damaging property and equipment.

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"The Farming Recovery Fund will support farmers who suffered uninsurable damage with grants of up to £25,000, and sits alongside broader support in our farming schemes to improve flood resilience." The eligibility criteria for the scheme has been updated to fully remove the 150m limit.

This means that farmers will be able to receive payments for all land parcels which are flooded contiguous to an eligible river. Counties Berkshire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Staffordshire, Yorkshire, Norfolk and Derbyshire were said to be "under review" by the government.

The Farming Recovery Fund will be explained in letters sent to homeowners and farm workers in the UK - with the documentation also explaining how they can make a claim. The fund forms part of a broader scheme called the Flood Recovery Framework, the government has also said.

Announcing the changes back in April, the government said the new framework has been activated in exceptional circumstances to support councils and communities following severe flooding.