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Grant help for properties damaged by recent storms

Release date: 
Friday, 21 February, 2020

The Government has announced thousands of pounds of support for people affected by flooding following Storms Ciara and Dennis.

Under the Flood Recovery Framework eligible families and businesses could receive funding from their local councils after a set of support packages were revealed.

The borough of Burnley is one of those areas eligible for funding to be made available.

Under the measures: 

  • Flood-hit households in affected areas can apply for up to £500 in financial hardship payments from the Community Recovery Grant to give cash quickly to those in short-term need
  • Households and businesses significantly affected by recent flooding will be eligible for 100% council tax and business rates relief for at least three months
  • Small-to-medium sized businesses in affected areas which have suffered severe, uninsurable losses will be eligible for up to £2,500 from the Business Recovery Grant
  • Flood-hit homes and businesses can apply for up to £5,000 to help make them more resilient to future flooding by helping to pay for a range of property improvements. It will go towards the additional costs of installing fittings and materials that increase resistance to damage from water in the future, such as putting in flood doors and raising electrics off ground level.

Anyone who successfully applied for resilience grant funding following the 2015 floods cannot apply for a further resilience grant this time, but can apply for any other of the grants provided they are eligible.

The funding measures apply to those affected in district or unitary authorities that have 25 or more flooded households as a result of Storms Ciara and Dennis.

Council leader Charlie Briggs said: “It’s excellent news that those business owners and householders in our borough worst hit by the storms could be eligible for grants to help them get back on their feet and install flood alleviation measures that will help minimise the impact of any future events.

“It’s difficult to imagine until you go through it the devastating impact flood waters pouring into your property can have. These grants could at least help people and businesses affected start to get back to normal again.”

For further details on the funding grants and how to apply contact Kelly Smith at ksmith@burnley.gov.uk or phone 01282 425011 ext 3292 (during office  hours). 

The Community Foundation for Lancashire has launched a recovery fund appeal to support households in need affected by flooding, following Storm Ciara. Lancashire residents without home insurance who have been afflicted by damage following Storm Ciara are able to apply for funding from the fund. Applicants can find out more about the fund and apply by visiting: https://lancsfoundation.org.uk/Funds.aspx;  alternatively, call 0330 440 4900.

Which households will be eligible for the Community Recovery Grant?

Eligible households will be the main (primary) residences where flood water entered into the habitable areas of the property; or where flood water didn’t enter the property but the local authority regards that the house was otherwise considered unliveable for any period of time.

Instances where households might be considered unliveable could include:

  • Where access to the property is severely restricted (eg upper floor flats with no access)
  • Key services such as sewerage, draining, and electricity are severely affected
  • The adverse weather has resulted in other significant damage to the property such that it would be or would have been advisable for residents to vacate the premises for any period of time, regardless of whether they do vacate or not
  • Flooded gardens or garages will not usually render a household eligible but there may be exceptions where it could be demonstrated that such instances mean effectively that the property is unliveable.

Second and empty homes will not be eligible.

Which businesses will be eligible for the Business Recovery Grant?

Eligible businesses will be small and medium sized businesses within flooded areas which:

Are directly impacted by the weather event - for instance there was flood damage to the property, equipment, and/or stock; or

  • Are indirectly impacted by the weather event– for instance the business has had no/highly restricted access to premises, equipment and/or stock as a result of flooding, restricted access for customers, suppliers and/or staff; and directly suffered a loss of trade as a result.

The Environment Agency is urging people to check the latest safety advice as flooding impacts continue with further heavy rain expected to fall on areas already affected by the wet weather.

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