Article 26 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1992 makes provision for a scheme of emergency financial assistance to district councils, as follows:-
in any case where;-
a. an emergency or disaster occurs involving destruction of or danger to life or property; and
b. as a result, one or more councils incur expenditure on, or in connection with, the taking of immediate action (whether by the carrying out of works or otherwise) to safeguard life or property, or to prevent suffering or severe inconvenience, in its district or among its inhabitants,
The Department may establish a scheme under this Article for the giving of financial assistance to those councils in respect of that expenditure.
The Scheme of Emergency Financial Assistance to District Councils is activated by the Environment Minister in response to a case. The Scheme enables the Department to reimburse councils for expenditure incurred.
The current scheme is February 2014 to March 2014 Flooding.
The Scheme and Annexes can be accessed using the following link:
Guidance on Emergency Financial Assistance Scheme (PDF 77.2 kb)
A general Question and Answer document can be accessed using the following link:
For advice and guidance, people are advised to visit the flood advice page on the NI Direct website.