Kirklees receives funding to support flooded homes and businesses
We were fortunate compared to our neighbouring authorities when the storms and flooding hit in December. However, we are aware that there are some businesses and residents that have been severely affected.
A Government funding pot of £150,000 has been secured in order to get those businesses back working, and residents back to normal life.
In order to access this support, the business and residents are being asked to contact the council by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01484 221000 and asking for ‘flood management’. An officer will then contact them to discuss the support available.
Cllr Peter McBride Cabinet Member for Transportation, Skills, Jobs and Regional Affairs said:
“We have all seen how devastating flooding can be, and this money will help make sure we can support the small number of homes and livelihoods that have been devastated. I would urge anyone who has been affected by flooding to get in touch, this money will only be available for a short time and the sooner we know who needs help, the quicker they can get back on their feet.”
Criteria for support
This funding applies to properties flooded as a result of Storm Desmond & Storm Eva. The owners of the following premises are eligible for the scheme:
- Residential properties (including static caravans when they are listed as someones home on the electoral role), where the inside living spaces have been damaged by flooding by Storm Eva or Storm Desmond
- Business (including social enterprise and properties belonging to charities) where inside areas which are critical to the day to day operations (i.e. not storage sheds or warehouses) have been damaged by Storm Eva and Storm Desmond.
Affected residents may also be able claim temporary council tax relief for the period that their home remains unoccupied or partly unoccupied (for a minimum of 3 months up to a maximum 6 months – if residents are unable to return home). Second homes are not eligible for this relief.
The deadline for applications is 29 February 2016.
More about flooding
Visit the council’s flooding webpage