Senior politicians are up in arms that vital flood funds are still to reach communities.

Halifax MP Holly Lynch and Calderdale Council leader Tim Swift are exasperated that the Government has still not completed a final application for money from the EU’s Solidarity Fund.

Up to £125m is estimated to be available to the UK from an EU central pot created to help member states deal with natural disasters, which Department for Communities and Local Government ministers confirmed they would apply for in February.

Hundreds of homes and businesses were left devastated after the floods, which wreaked havoc in areas including Brighouse, Elland, Mirfield and the upper Calder Valley.

Ms Lynch, said: “This revelation is disappointing. I know Calderdale Council has provided detailed information about the cost of the infrastructure damage to the Government and I imagine flood affected councils are all now in a position to do the same.

“So what is the hold up?”

Halifax MP Holly Lynch
Halifax MP Holly Lynch

Once the Commission has all the information it needs, they would have six weeks to assess the application.

Yet any decision would need to be approved by both the European Parliament and the European Council, meaning that any benefit to flood affected communities is still months away.

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Calderdale Council Leader Clr Swift added: “Calderdale Council has been working as hard as we can to get grants out to residents and businesses, as well as keeping government informed about the costs of the flooding to our district.

“It’s really disappointing to hear that there’s been little progress on securing European funding.

“I hope also there’ll be a commitment that any funding secured will be directed back into support for the communities worse affected by the winter floods”.

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The Department for Communities and Local Government said that it would take some time to submit the application.

A spokesman said: “As set out in Parliament nearly six weeks ago we made clear we were applying and are now in the process of collating and submitting the detailed information the Commission requires alongside our application.

“This will take time as communities continue to make claims under our recovery schemes and the damage to infrastructure continues to be assessed - councils, departments and devolved administrations will need to supply their final costs as they become available.”