Flood relief for Isle victims

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Funding schemes are now in place to help flood victims in North Lincolnshire.

The council has finally had confirmation from the government of funding for all those affected by last December’s floods.

Businesses affected by flood are eligible for:

*100 per cent business rate relief for three months

*A business support scheme for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to help towards clean-up costs incurred and significant loss of trade

*Repair and renewal grants of up to £5,000 from April 1 to help with preventative work against future flooding to a property.

Homeowners who suffered in the floods are eligible for:

*Council tax relief for a minimum of three months

*Repair and renewal grants of up to £5,000 from April 1 to help improve properties’ resistance to floods.

The council provided some relief and direct financial support after last year’s floods. Business and council tax relief has already been provided for up to three months for those affected, in line with the government scheme.

The council is now to make arrangements for the business support and repair and renewal schemes as quickly as possible to ensure the help reaches those who need it.

Further details are expected soon. Households and businesses who have already received tax relief will then be contacted in writing about how to apply and what kind of costs are eligible.

Coun Neil Poole, cabinet member for Policy and Resources, said: “We are still waiting for the finer details on the government flooding schemes to be confirmed but there is now a light at the end of the tunnel for many people. This support will help with business recovery and help eligible residents and businesses make their properties more flood resilient.

“We knew how important it was, as a council, to react quickly with financial support for those affected by the flooding in December last year, and the support we put in place including tax relief, which is in line with the government schemes. And we provided a £300 grant for every household affected.

“As soon as we have more details we will contact residents and businesses eligible for the funding.”