William Eichler 09 December 2015

Flood affected communities exempt from paying council tax and business rates

Flood affected communities exempt from paying council tax and business rates image

Flood affected communities will not face council tax or business rate bills for the homes and businesses they have been displaced from, Greg Clark announced yesterday.

The communities secretary’s commitment follows confirmation from the Government that local authorities will have 100% of their clean-up costs reimbursed under the Bellwin scheme.

Mr Clark said: ‘Residents and businesses who have been displaced by flooding should not have to worry about council tax and business rate bills on top of everything else they will be facing at this difficult time.’

‘That’s why’, he continued, ‘we’ll make funding available to help householders and businesses with their council tax and business rates bills for as long as they are out of their properties.’

The Government has also defended its record on investment in flood protection amid criticisms that projected spending between 2015 and 2021 will only be £2.3bn as compared to 2010 to 2015 when it was £3.4bn.

Whitehall will, according to Mr Clark, build 1,400 more flood defences and protect 300,000 more homes from flooding across the country.

Participatory budgeting image

Participatory budgeting

Evgeny Barkov explains what participatory budgeting means and how it can reveal what citizens need.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker x2 (Blackheath and Rowley Community Social Work Team)

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£29,636 - £33,799 per annum
We are looking to recruit 2 full time (37 hours) permanent Social Workers in the Blackheath and Rowley Community Social Work Team.  Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Childcare Solicitors (career graded)

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£40,760 per annum progressing to Band I up to £49,538 per annum
You must have the ability to deal with a complex and demanding caseload, with excellent client care skills, and... Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Economy & Business Service Manager

Harborough District Council
£49,350 to £52,368
We are looking for an experienced manager who understands the responsibilities of public sector with the proven ability to deliver our ambitions. Market Harborough, Leicestershire
Recuriter: Harborough District Council

Social Worker - Assessment and Intervention

Essex County Council
Negotiable
In Essex County Council we are "Serious about Social Work" Having won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year and been awarded 'Outstanding' by Ofs England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Social Worker - Homeless Youth Specialist

Essex County Council
Negotiable
In Essex County Council we are "Serious about Social Work". Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award and been awarded 'Out England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue