ROCHDALE MP Simon Danczuk has pressed the Government to do more for local businesses hit by the devastating Boxing Day floods.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Danczuk praised the “absolutely incredible” volunteers and community groups who came to the aid of flood victims, but argued the Government should be doing more to help the town’s economy recover.
The MP praised St Barnabas Church in Shore, The Wheatsheaf Pub and Conservative Club in Littleborough, The Asian Muslim community and local mosques and a team of Syrian refugees for their efforts in the aftermath of the disaster.
He said: “As alarming as the floods have been, I have never been more proud to represent Rochdale after I witnessed the response to them.
“The people of Rochdale have done an absolutely incredible job in very difficult circumstances. I pay tribute to the outstanding compassion and commitment of volunteers and council staff.”
Mr Danczuk also congratulated Rochdale Borough Council for its decision to cancel business rates for effected properties and offer £500 payments to flood victims. But he stressed that the Government should be doing more to help the area's biggest employers get back on their feet.
Mr Danczuk said: “The idea of grants is fine for very small businesses, but the costs incurred by larger employers, such as Better Dreams Ltd in my constituency, which employs 80 people, run not into the thousands, but into the hundreds of thousands, and they are unable to get insurance.
“The Government and local authorities need to think again about how we help larger employers when they are adversely affected."