24 NOV 2015
EE customers in Suffolk who live in specific flood risk areas can sign up to a free Environment Agency scheme to receive flood warnings direct to their mobile phone. Since 2010, the Floodline Warnings Direct service has enabled homes and businesses to receive flood warnings to their landlines, but this is the first time warnings will have been issued through a mobile phone provider.
Therese said: "This initiative from the Environment Agency is a great example of how the Government is making more data and technology available to help people plan and prepare for potential floods.
"While nothing can take away the distress it can cause, it is important that everyone has access the right information, including the flood risk in their area, to give them peace of mind. I know the Environment Agency are planning to work with other mobile phone providers to further extend their warning service."
To sign up for EE flood warnings, visit: www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings
For more information about flooding in Suffolk Coastal, visit: www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk/yourhome/flooding
03 MAR 2014
Therese has today welcomed the £5 million of National Lottery funding that has been made available by Sport England to repairsports facilities that have been damaged by the floods.
Therese said: "With many communities affected by the recent storms and floods, it is good to see Sport England helping to get public sports facilities repaired. I would urge any sports clubs and organisations in Suffolk that have been affected to apply."
Those needing funding to clean up and get up and running quickly can request up to £2,000 of emergency funding which could be awarded within three weeks. Those with more extensive damage which will take longer to repair can apply to the fund when it opens on 24th March.
For more information visit www.sportengland.org/floodfund.
28 FEB 2014
Following the flooding in Snape before Christmas, Therese attended the drop-in session put on by the Environment Agency in the Village Hall last week.
Therese said: "This was an important opportunity to speak to people and for local residents to ask questions of the Environment Agency. The details of the schemes to help prevent further breaches are still being finalised."
Therese added: "Whilst I was there I was able to drop in to the newly reopened Crown Inn that was affected by the recent floods. I will continue to follow up with our councils and the Environment Agency to ensure we are doing what we can to restore our sea and river defences locally and looking to support their bids for funding."
Further details on flooding schemes will be posted at - http://www.theresecoffeymp.com/floods/
26 FEB 2014
Therese has today welcomed the announcement from the Farming Minister, George Eustice MP, that a £10 million Farming Recovery Fund has been launched to help local farmers whose businesses have been affected by the recent floods.
Under the scheme, all farmers affected will be able to apply for emergency funding of up to £5,000, covering up to 100% of their business costs.
Therese said: "I welcome the announcement of the Government scheme which follows the Prime Ministers commitment earlier this month. It will give practical help to our local farmers affected by the floods. The scheme offers support for uninsured losses to get farms into production again ensuring that our farmers can continue growing crops and grazing livestock."
Therese added: "The scheme will go live this Friday and help and support will be available directly through the Farming Recovery Fund by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0300 060 2700."
Further details on the scheme can be found here.
18 FEB 2014
Therese is pledging her help to any constituent that has an issue with their insurance company following the recent floods.
Therese said: "I know some residents and businesses are having problems making claims and I am happy to intervene if you provide me with details of your insurance company, policy number and any specific issues that need resolving quickly." More information can be found on the flooding page of my website www.theresecoffeymp.com/floods."
"Meanwhile, the Government is responding to support those who have suffered flooding, including help for farmers and small businesses and a £5,000 grant for households for future resilience work. Details on how those schemes will be delivered are still being worked up. More details about the Government's response can be found at www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-floods-2014-government-response".
Therese added: "I have asked the Council to work with parishes to ensure their emergency response plans are up to date. I particularly want to thank the Southwold & Reydon Community Emergency Group who helped deploy sandbags, kindly donated by builders' merchant Ridgeons, to Halesworth recently when the river Blyth began to swell. It is times like this when the community spirit in Suffolk shines through".
12 FEB 2014
Lloyds Banking Group has today announced a £250m fund to provide fee free lending for farmers and businesses as part of arangeof measures to help businesses through the floods. The fund will be open from today and businesses can apply through branches and business centres.
The fund is designed to support the working capital needs of SMEs and farmers and will allow them to set up, extend, or renew overdrafts and loans completely free of arrangement fees.
Suffolk Coastal MP, Therese Coffey said: "This is welcome news for our farmers and local businesses affected by the recent floods and will help them manage their way through the current conditions. I congratulate Lloyds for showing real social responsibility in their response to the flooding."
06 FEB 2014
Therese has today welcomed the announcement by the Government that the Bellwin Scheme, which reimburses local authoritiesfor dealing with emergencies has been extended.
The changes which will help in the aftermath of the recent flooding extend eligibility criteria so that local council's can claim up to 100% of the cost. The Government also announced that extra spending on flood defence schemes would get the go ahead.
Speaking in the House of Commons today, Therese said: "I really welcome the changes to the Bellwin Scheme that the Government has proposed, which will help Suffolk people, families and businesses."
29 JAN 2014
The Environment Agency are holding a series of community drop-ins to answer questions and concerns from residents affected bythe recent tidal surge flooding that took place along the coast and partcicularly inland at Snape. There are events planned in Snape, Orford, Hollesley, Waldringfield and Woodbridge throughout February. For more details on the dates and times please click here.
05 DEC 2013
Today in Parliament Therese received assurances from the Government that every measure is being taken to help those that could be affected by the potential floods along the East Coast.
Therese said: "Residents and businesses in our coastal communities will be bracing themselves as severe flood warnings have been issued. The Government today reassured me that the Secretary of State for the Environment, Owen Paterson MP, is considering every measure to help those who could be affected. The Prime Minister has also asked the Secretary of State to chair a meeting of COBRA to ensure that a fast response is deployed if needed. Thanks to the Environment Agency which has done a great job in issuing the advanced warnings."
Zurich have produced a guide for homeowners on how to prepare for a flood, which can be found here.