The government has offered thousands of pounds to help support communities hit by exceptional localised flooding in the wake of Storm Henk last week.
Announced by communities secretary Michael Gove, and environment secretary Steve Barclay over the weekend, the funding is being made available through the Flood Recovery Framework scheme, which is used in “exceptional circumstances” to support councils and communities following severe flooding.
Gove said: “If you’ve been affected by the recent severe flooding, you do not have to deal with it alone – we are providing financial help so you can recover as quickly as possible.
“We know families and businesses are facing extreme challenges right now, and we are doing all we can with our partners across central and local government to ensure communities are supported.”
Barclay added: “I know how difficult flooding is for those affected and we will do all we can do support households, farmers and other businesses as they repair and rebuild … For those who have sadly been affected, our Property Flood Resilience Repair Grant Scheme will soon be open to help residents protect their property in the future.”
The financial support, available to eligible areas in England that have experienced “exceptional” localised flooding, will provide help for:
- Flooded households in eligible affected areas, which can apply for up to £500 cash to help with immediate costs
- Households and businesses significantly affected, which will be eligible for 100% council tax and business rates relief for at least three months
- Small-to-medium sized businesses in eligible affected areas, which can apply for up to £2,500 from the Business Recovery Grant to help them return quickly to business as usual
- Eligible flood-hit property owners, who can apply for up to £5,000 to help make their homes and businesses more resilient to future flooding via the Property Flood Resilience Repair Grant Scheme
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities said that 45,000 properties have already been protected from the worst impact of Storm Henk thanks to flood defences put in place through previous government funding, and quick Environment Agency action on the ground.
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