Emergency payments for families hit by flooding now available

A farm support charity is fast-tracking payments to ease the financial strain facing farmers affected by the floods across the North of England.

For the second time in a month, farming charity R.A.B.I is releasing money from its Crisis Fund to provide emergency grants to farming families via its Helpline 0808 281 9490.

The decision to offer emergency payments to those affected by the latest flooding comes on the back of a sustained period of wet weather which has put a strain on many rural communities, particularly in the North and the Midlands.

As of today, Friday, 15 November, there are currently 117 flood warnings and 158 flood alerts in place across the UK – including many associated with the River Don in South Yorkshire.

Alicia Chivers, chief executive officer of R.A.B.I, said: “We are working closely with other farming organisations to make help available quickly to people who need it.

“By simplifying our criteria and application process, we will fast-track assistance to farmers affected by the latest floods.

“Having provided over £25,000 in emergency grants due to the flooding in Yorkshire, we know how devastating the impact of extreme weather can be for farmers.”

Since mid-October, R.A.B.I has also given emergency grants from its Crisis Fund to 15 families affected by Tomlinson’s Dairies going into administration, with applications still being received.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) is the agricultural sector’s oldest and largest charity, offering support, practical care and guidance to farming people of all ages.

To apply for assistance, call R.A.B.I’s confidential Freephone Helpline 0808 281 9490.

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