The home relocation scheme was set up as part of the Government's humanitarian assistance package for the victims of flooding to benefit people who were made effectively homeless as a consequence of the severe flooding that affected many parts of the country in 1995.
The person referred to submitted an application for relocation which, following full consideration of the circumstances, was refused as the applicant failed to satisfy one of the basic qualification criteria for the scheme. The home relocation scheme, devised in full consultation with representative groups of the victims, stipulates quite clearly that only owner occupiers would qualify for assistance. In this particular instance the applicant was not in residence in the house at the time of the flooding — indeed, the house was never occupied by the applicant — and was, therefore, deemed not to qualify for assistance under the scheme. She was informed of this decision.