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UK Floods 2014: Government Response And Recovery

Government information and advice about the recovery schemes and support available following flooding in parts of the UK

Published on 07 May 2014

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by The Rt Hon David Cameron MP and The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP


London, England

Government departments, local authorities and agencies are working together to do everything they can to help communities recover from the extreme weather during winter 2013 to 2014.

Flood recovery schemes for communities and businesses

The winter of 2013 to 2014 was the wettest on record with over 7,800 homes and nearly 3,000 commercial properties flooded. To date about £14 million has already been paid out to help communities recover and to meet the costs of protecting lives and properties in the future, with a further £183.5 million due to be paid to local authorities by the end of March.

Repair and renew grant

A repair and renew grant of up to £5,000 each for all affected homeowners and businesses to top up any money received from insurers and make sure flood resilience is built into repairs was launched on 1 April. Read more details on how to apply for the repair and renew grant.

Other schemes include:

  • the business support scheme - a £10 million fund to support businesses to develop and implement business recovery plans
  • business rate relief - an estimated £9 million to give all affected businesses 100% business rate relief for 3 months and to give them an extra 3 months to pay the business taxes they owe to HMRC as they get back on their feet
  • a support fund for coastal tourism businesses - £2 million to provide practical assistance to coastal areas to help them boost summer trade
  • the Council Tax discount scheme - funding of up to £6 million to enable councils to cover Council Tax discounts for flood hit households for at least 3 months
  • the enhanced Bellwin scheme - to give help to local authorities incurring expenditure above the usual qualifying threshold
  • the farming flood recovery fund - £10 million which will provide grants of up to £5,000 to support farm businesses to bring flooded land back into production as quickly as possible
  • the severe weather recovery scheme - an £86.5 million fund to help speed the recovery in affected areas, including fixing the most damaged roads

See all the flood support schemes and funding available from central government and get details on how to apply.

For more information about this press release visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-floods-2014-government-response



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Posted 2014-05-07 13:15:00