Flood support schemes
The government has announced a number of schemes to help businesses and homeowners who’s properties have been affected by flooding since 1st December 2013. These are as follows:
Help for Homeowners
Council Tax discount. Under Section 13A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, we may be able to provide Council Tax discount to homeowners whose homes have been flooded at any time between 1st December 2013 and 31st March 2014. Please complete and return the form at the bottom of the page to apply.
Repair and Renew Grant. Under section 31 of Local Government Act 2003, a repair and renew grant of up to £5,000 is being provided to fund additional flood resilience or resistance measures for homes affected by flooding since 1st December 2013. Funding will not be available to those due to benefit from a planned community-level scheme due for completion in the next five years and will be subject to a flood risk report. Please complete the form below to be considered.
Support for Businesses
Business Rates Flooding Relief. Occupied business premises may be eligible for 100% rate relief for three months where all of the following criteria applies for any day between 1st December 2013 and 31st March 2014:
- the premises have been flooded in whole or in part as a result of adverse weather conditions; and
- on that day, as a result of the flooding at the hereditament, the business activity undertaken at the hereditament was adversely affected; and
- the rateable value of the hereditament on that day was less than £10 million.
In considering whether the business activity has been adversely affected, we will need to consider the impact of flooding in the full context if all business activities undertaken at the premises. Very small or insignificant impacts cannot be considered. Please also note that the scheme does not cover relief for any business premises that were unoccupied at the time of flooding.
Please complete and return the following form to apply: FLOOD relief-1.pdf [PDF, 149kB]
Business Support Scheme Grant. If we can demonstrate a need locally we may be able to obtain money from government to provide grants to small and medium sized businesses who have sustained hardship and significant loss of trade as a result of the floods to implement business recovery plans. Please complete the following form to be considered: FLOOD relief-1.pdf [PDF, 149kB]
The support available is for the impacts of flooding between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014. As a guide, the definition of flood from Section 1 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 is as follows:
- “Flood” includes any case where land not normally covered by water becomes covered with water.
- It does not matter for the purpose of (1) whether a flood is caused by –
- heavy rainfall,
- a river overflowing or its banks being breached,
- a dam overflowing or being breached,
- tidal waters,
- groundwater, or
- anything else (including a combination of factors).
- But “Flood” does not include –
- a flood from any part of a sewerage system, unless wholly or partly caused by an increase in the volume of rainwater (including snow and other precipitation) entering or otherwise affecting the system, or
- a flood caused by a burst water main (within the meaning given by section 219 of the Water Industry Act 1991).