To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the contribution by the Prime Minister of 18 June 2014, Official Report, column 1116W, what assessment he has made of the cost of flooding damage to small businesses in the UK from the beginning of the financial year 2013 which will become eligible for support from the (a) support for tourism and (b) flood relief fund for sport schemes; and what estimate he has made of the number of additional claims made under each such scheme as a result of this extended eligibity.
26 June 2014
We have not made an assessment of the cost of flooding damage to small tourism businesses or sport schemes from the beginning of the financial year 2013. This would be very difficult to ascertain.
The Government's tourism package on flood support, announced on 1 March 2014, was not grant based. The package included a tactical recovery marketing programme designed to encourage UK residents to take short breaks and trips leading up to Easter, and also funded business support workshops and drop in clinics for tourism and tourism related businesses. Destination Management Organisations could choose to take the opportunity to run the workshops on behalf of VisitEngland, providing the advice for those businesses affected by flooding in the winter floods. There are no plans to extend the package of flood support.
Sport England has had a number of funds in place to help clubs upgrade and improve their facilities and pitches that date back before April 2013. Clubs affected by flooding from April 2013 would be very welcome to apply to these funds to get more people playing sport. Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund has invested over £91 million to modernise over 1600 local sports clubs and its Protecting Playing Field fund has invested over £22 million into 399 projects to protect and improve over 1000 pitches.