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Council cabinet flood relief action

Coun. Stephen Parnaby. (submitted)

Coun. Stephen Parnaby. (submitted)

Members of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Cabinet have approved a package of measures to help households, businesses and farmers affected by the severe weather/tidal surge between 1 December 2013 to 31 March 2014.

The council was told on Tuesday that floods caused almost £900,000 worth of damage to roads across the country.

Almost 200 households and 90 businesses were affected to some degree by water damage.

The Cabinet agreed to administer and determine applications under the government’s Repair and Renew Grant Scheme, a one-off scheme to fund additional flood resistance measures for homes and businesses that have flooded since 1 December 2013.

Grants of £5000 will be available, but only to fund measures which improve a property’s resilience or resistance to flooding over and above repairs that would normally be covered by insurance. Details of the scheme are still being drafted by the government and no doubt there will be other considerations including taking into account the professional survey from a qualified competent engineer.

A report to cabinet also recommended that the council adopted a government-funded Business Rates Flooding Relief Scheme, which will fund 100% rate relief for three months for properties meeting certain flooding criteria.

Council tax discounts of 100% for three months will also be available for flooded properties meeting the government’s criteria. This discount will also be funded by the government.

The council has also received an allocation of £182,500 under the Business Support Scheme, to help small and medium sized businesses affected by the floods which have suffered significant loss of trade.

This will be available to meet clean up costs, temporary accommodation and business continuity planning and marketing costs. The council can determine the level of award to be given on a case by case basis, and the report recommends that the scheme should be applied in the East Riding.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of the council, said: “Experiences over the last few months have shown how devastating can be the impact of flooding on residents and businesses.

The council is alert to the various flood relief schemes and grants announced by the government and we will do all we can to ensure that people and businesses are aware of them and get all the help they can, as quickly as possible when the Government’s scheme is up and running.”

Full details of how to apply to all the flood relief schemes will be sent to all town and parish councils in the area, and will be available online at www.eastriding.gov.uk

 

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