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Government announces grants to help protect properties from flooding

Posted: 20/11/19

Flood-hit homes and businesses will be able to receive up to £5,000 to help protect them from future flooding.

On the 19th November, the government announced that flood-hit homes and businesses will be able to receive up to £5,000 to help protect them from future flooding.

From the end of November, grants will be made available through local authorities to help homes and businesses become more flood resilient by helping to pay for a range of property improvements. The funding will go towards the additional costs of installing fittings and materials that increase resistance to damage from water in the future, such as installing flood doors and raising electrics off ground level.

The grants will be open to homes and businesses that have been seriously affected by flooding this autumn, including communities in South Yorkshire some of which experienced a month’s worth of rain in a single day during the week of 4th November.

This additional funding comes as Environment Agency teams continue to work across the country to reduce flood risk and to ensure that it is safe for people to move back into their homes.

This extra support for homes and businesses is separate to the grants worth up to £25,000 which will be made available to flood-hit famers in northern England.

The Belwin scheme was also activated on the 8th November, which enables local authorities who are dealing with flooding to apply to have 100% of their eligible costs, above a threshold, reimbursed by the government. On the 15th November, it was also announced that there would further support for homes and businesses through immediate council tax and business rate relief for affected homes and businesses.

On 12 November 2019, the government also opened a Community Recovery Grant to support local councils with their efforts to get households on their feet, and a Business Recovery Grant for eligible small and medium-sized businesses.


For more information and the original government article, please click here.