Laura Sharman 19 February 2020

Government announces financial support for flood-hit areas

The Government has announced councils in areas affected by recent flooding will receive grants to cover the cost of council tax and business rates reliefs.

Under new measures announced today, households and businesses affected by flooding following storms Dennis and Ciara will be eligible for 100% council tax and business rates relief for at least three months.

Other measures include a Business Recovery Grant for those suffering from uninsurable losses, and funding of up to £5,000 to make homes and businesses more resilient to future flooding.

Local government secretary, Robert Jenrick, said: ‘Storms Dennis and Ciara have severely impacted a large number of households and businesses – and I recognise how destabilising this can be.

’This extra support, including new funding, will help people in the worst-hit areas to recover and get back on their feet as soon as possible.’

Each district or unitary authority that has 25 or more flooded households as a result of the recent storms will receive £500 per eligible household.

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