Gerald Jones, MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, is urging the UK Government to provide flood relief support to communities in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney devastated by last month’s floods.
Despite calling on the UK Government to provide funding to help Welsh communities recover from flood damage several times in Parliament, and securing a promise from the Prime Minister that the support would be delivered, residents in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney and across Wales still have yet to receive any financial support from the UK Government, and in a flooding debate on Wednesday Gerald urged the UK Government to finally step up and provide the desperately needed funding.
During the debate, Gerald praised the community spirit and humanity shown by local residents volunteering and helping each other during the floods, and the dedication of emergency services and local authorities in working to support households devastated by the damage.
After meeting with local councillors and businesses and visiting affected areas to assess the damage caused over the past several weeks, Gerald and Dawn Bowden, AM for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, have now also joined with the Leader of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council to write to the Prime Minister to urge him to provide the funding local communities desperately need to recover.
Urging the Environment Secretary to provide the support Wales needs in Parliament, Gerald said:
“The Union of the United Kingdom, a Union that I have always felt mattered—I still do—must mean something at times like this. The whole point of the United Kingdom is that we are there to offer support to each other in times of need.
While we appreciate that flooding and environmental issues are largely devolved matters, these unprecedented times need unprecedented measures.
We need to be there as a Union of four nations to support each other, so I ask the Minister today to outline what support she can offer to Wales in the coming weeks.”