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Financial support for flood victims


Following the recent winter storms in the district, Chichester District Council is highlighting the financial support that is available to those affected by flooding.

A number of schemes to help businesses and homeowners recover from flooding since 1 December 2013 have been announced by the Government:

· The Repair and Renew Grant. All homeowners and businesses that have suffered flood damage between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014 may be eligible for a grant. Grants will be available to fund measures that will improve a property's resilience or resistance to flooding over and above and not duplicating repairs that are normally covered by insurance. Full details about how this fund will operate have not been released by Government and more information will be available on our website as soon as the details are finalised.

· Business Rates Flooding Relief. Business properties that have been flooded may be eligible for 100% business rate relief for three months. Eligible business properties that have been flooded on any day between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014 are entitled to apply.

· Council Tax Discounts. Council Tax discounts are available to homeowners whose homes have been flooded at any time between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014.

· Business Support Scheme. The Government has provided funding to Chichester District Council to offer one-off grants to small and medium sized businesses that have been affected by flooding since 1 December 2013. Eligible businesses for this grant are those that have suffered hardship and significant loss of trade as a result of flooding.

Councillor Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council, says: "We recognise that, in many cases, sorting out the damage caused by flooding is as traumatic as the actual event itself. It is important that residents affected by these problems know what financial support is available to them. We are keen to make sure the application process is straightforward and that the benefit quickly gets to where it is most needed."

If your home or business property is within the Chichester District and has been affected by flooding since 1 December 2013 and you think you may be eligible for one or more of the above schemes, please see our website and complete an 'Expression of Interest Form' or contact the council on 01243 534512.