COUNCIL leaders from across the county have written to the Secretary of State to ask for the financial support for local authorities to be revised following the recent floods.

Worcestershire was hit by severe flooding last week, with hundreds of homes and businesses affected.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, leader of Worcestershire County Council said: “Many parts of Worcestershire have been severely affected by the floods this week.

“Whilst we are grateful for the Government’s prompt response, we are urging them to consider a revised approach and threshold for Worcestershire.

“That way we can respond to these sorts of events in a more efficient way which will benefit our residents.”

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The letter has been sent to Robert Jenrick, secretary of state for housing, communities and local government by the seven council leaders from across the county.

The letter begins with a thank you to the Government for the prompt support given following the floods this week as a result of Storm Dennis.

It goes on to ask that the Government increases its financial threshold for Worcestershire and rather than allowing separate claims from county councils and district councils, that one co-ordinated claim by all partners can be made to the Government for greater efficiency.

The letter calls on improved support for farmers who have been badly affected by the recent flooding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

It also asks that the Government considers what the long-term impact flooding has on infrastructure including roads, bridges and public properties and for further funding for flood affected areas to repair roads, schools, car parks and strengthening flood defences.

More flooding and disruption could hit the region this week, with updated flood warnings for Worcester.