Under the measures, households and businesses that were “intensely affected by the flooding” will be eligible for 100% relief on their council tax and business rates for three months.
While the District Council awaits further details from Government on how the measures will be rolled out, the authority is inviting anyone who hasn't already submitted details to email firstname.lastname@example.org with contact details and information about the hardship they suffered in last month's floods.
Eligibility is restricted to residents who were unable to return to their primary residence as a result of flood water entering the building or where flood water, in the opinion of the local authority, made their property unliveable for any period of time.
In the case of businesses, eligibility depends on whether the property was directly impacted by the floods in terms of flood damage, equipment, and/or stock; or the business could not function due to lack of access to premises, equipment and/or stock as a result of the floods, and no alternatives were available.
The rateable value of the business needs to be less than £10 million.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to keep an eye on Derbyshire County Council’s website for further details.
The business rates and council tax relief schemes are among several hardship funds set up in the immediate aftermath of the floods that peaked on 8 November.
The District Council has already engaged with local businesses, encouraging applications to the Derbyshire Floods Business Hardship Fund at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/environment/flooding set up by the County Council.
Government funding is also available for small to medium enterprises with up to 250 employees. Grants in the order of £2,500 are available through the Business Recovery Grant aimed at businesses that have been flooded or directly impacted by flooding. Financial support for farmers is being made available separately.
The Derbyshire Community Foundation is also offering help to small businesses suffering personal hardship as a result of flooding via their website at www.foundationderbyshire.org
A range of support is also available to affected residents, including:
- A one-off payment of £104 through the County Council’s Derbyshire Floods Hardship Fund to help residents who were evacuated or whose homes were flooded. To apply call 01629 533190.
- Derbyshire Community Foundation has been receiving financial donations from members of the public keen to help support Derbyshire communities. A grant of up to £200 is available for households that have been directly affected by the recent floods and applications should be made online to www.foundationderbyshire.org
- Government is also making funding available via the Community Recovery Grant to help communities with their immediate recovery, with up to £500 available for those households that have been directly affected.
- Flood relief funding is primarily aimed at providing immediate financial help for residents and businesses directly impacted by flooding, especially where water has actually entered a property. The cash is not intended to replace or compensate for buildings or contents insurance.