South Belfast Ulster Unionist Assembly Member Michael McGimpsey has called on the Northern Ireland Executive to ensure they do more to support businesses affected by the recent flooding.
The Assembly Member wrote to the Finance and Environment Ministers after being contacted by a number of business owners whose premises were flooded during last week’s adverse weather.
In a statement Mr McGimpsey said, “I am calling on the Executive to offer both financial and practical support to local businesses who were flooded last week. While the businesses have insurance to cover much of the damage many have been left out of pocket in the interim. This is placing them under considerable financial strain during an already difficult economic period.”
“The £1,000 compensation paid to households affected by the flooding has been received by many families across Belfast. I am calling on the Executive to extend this to businesses to ensure they are able to get and keep their doors open and prevent job losses.”
In conclusion Mr McGimpsey said, “The recent flooding has yet again tested the effectiveness and relevance of the Northern Ireland Executive. While its support for homeowners must be welcomed it now has to step up to the mark and support local businesses to protect jobs and the already strained economy.”