Date lodged: 19 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many applications for assistance under the Bellwin Scheme have been rejected in each year since 2007, broken down by the total value of the claims each year, and what information it has regarding (a) who made the claims and (b) for what reason the claims were (i) made and (ii) rejected.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 21 March 2018
The applications for additional financial assistance under the Bellwin Scheme that have been turned down since 2007 are as follows:
2008-09 - Scottish Borders Council - 3 separate incidents of flooding and winter weather - the claim was £250,000 above their threshold - the Council received their share of £5 million (£239,000) provided across all 32 councils following the severe winter weather in place of any specific support being provided through the Bellwin scheme.
2012-13 - Perth and Kinross Council - severe flood damage - the claim was £369,555 above their threshold - the claim was rejected as the majority of the claim consisted of capital expenditure which is ineligible under the Bellwin Scheme.
2012-13 - Dumfries and Galloway Council - winter weather - the claim was £1,079,196 above their threshold - the claim was rejected as the majority of the claim consisted of expenditure to put right the ill effects of the storm which the Bellwin Scheme guidance states is ineligible. The Council were however awarded additional capital funding of £500,000 towards the repair of the river banks, the sea walls and the coastal paths.