Almost eight months after a 130-mph tornado ripped through Birmingham, residents are still waiting to learn whether they will receive any Government aid.
John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, was under pressure to act after he was criticised in the House of Commons by Meriden MP Caroline Spelman.
But officials working for Mr Prescott were unable to say when a decision would be made.
One application for funding from Birmingham City Council has already been turned down.
The authority is now waiting to learn whether an application for £55 million to regenerate areas hit by the tornado will be granted.
The twister tore through the south of the city in July, leaving 20 people injured and hundreds of homes wrecked.
Mrs Spelman said she had raised the question of funding a month earlier - and had yet to receive a reply.
She said: "Exactly one month ago, at Deputy Prime Minister's questions, I had to chase the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for an answer for the people who suffered when a tornado struck Birmingham. They are still waiting for that answer.
"The city council leader and I wrote immediately to the Minister for Local Government, yet we have still not received a reply."
A spokesman for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister said: "We have received an application for some regeneration money for the Spark-brook area, and the proposals clearly reflect the considerable work which has been under-taken by the city council together with its partners.
"It is important we reflect on its recommendations carefully. We will be in touch with Birmingham City Council to discuss how things might be taken further."
Mrs Spelman and Coun Whitby would also receive replies to their letters soon, he said.
The authority applied for £55 million to regenerate the areas affected by the tornado as part of a £260 million Neighbourhood Renewal Fund bid in January.
An earlier bid for money from the Bellwin scheme, which is designed to pay for "exceptional" destruction to property, has been rejected.