Commenting on reports that the Government may force the bill of flood defences on local taxpayers, Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, said:
“Not only are the government not paying the bill that currently exists, they are now supporting a tax rise. For a party that talks a lot about responsibility they are shirking it at every opportunity.
“Glenridding was flooded three times in a fortnight in December and now it is flooding again.
“Rather than helping communities all the government are doing is saying, pay a few more pounds and fix the problem yourself. I’m sure ministers will be there to cut the ribbon with a high vis jacket on. The North deserves better than this.”