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Flooded households able to claim for mitigating measures

Monday, 31 March 2014

Homeowners who have been affected by flooding in Hampshire will be able to apply for up to £5,000 towards putting in measures to make their properties more resilient to the effects of flooding in the future.

The Government's 'Repair and Renew' Grant is available to residents whose houses were affected by flooding between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014.

Businesses and charitable organisations are also eligible to claim where day to day business was affected by flooding of their premises during the same period. While like for like repairs should be covered by insurance, this particular grant is to fund measures that will make properties more resilient to the effects of flooding in the future.

The grant application form sets out what measures are eligible, and includes works such as altering floors and moving electrics, waterproofing external walls and installing a garage or driveway barrier.

The scheme allows homeowners to join together collaboratively to apply for funding for measures which may be more suitable for a number of properties, with each property eligible for up to £5,000 each.

Applications can be made to local district, borough or city councils from 1 April.

People considering making an application are advised to check on the National Flood Forum's Property Protection Advisor so see what measures might be needed in their particular case, and what these might cost. Alternatively, people may choose to commission a professional survey ahead of making an application, for which up to £500 can be claimed back as part of the overall grant.

Once funding has been received, residents are urged to use reputable tradespeople for surveys and quotes. Trading Standards would advise consumers not to agree to work that is instigated as a result of a cold call or via a leaflet drop and to contact reputable businesses or traders who are either members of the Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Buy with Confidence Scheme or a recognised trade association. Members of the Buy with Confidence scheme are fully audited to ensure their trading practices are legal, honest and fair. All members have been checked for trustworthiness and compliance with consumer protection laws. Details can be obtained by telephoning 01962 833620, emailing buy.with.confidence@hants.gov.uk or via the Buy with Confidence website.

The Repair and Renew Grant is part of a package of measures recently announced by Government to help homeowners and businesses affected by flooding.

In addition to the Repair and Renew grant residents affected by flooding may also eligible for Council Tax Discounts:

www.winchester.gov.uk /flood-advice-home-owners-council-tax-payers

www.testvalley.gov.uk//after-the-floods-advice-for-businesses-and-residents/after-floods-advice-support-residents

www.basingstoke.gov.uk/go/floodsupport.

Some businesses affected by flooding could also be eligible for Business Rates Flooding relief as well as grant assistance under the Business Support Scheme.

The Business Support Scheme provides hardship funding for small and medium sized businesses in areas affected by the floods.

The scheme is being administered and delivered by local authorities at district and unitary level. Hampshire authorities which currently have funding available for businesses affected by the flooding in their areas are:

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
East Hampshire District Council
Eastleigh Borough Council
Havant Borough Council
Isle of Wight Council
New Forest District Council
Portsmouth City Council
Rushmoor Borough Council
Test Valley Borough Council
Winchester City Council

Issued by Hampshire County Council on behalf of the Hampshire Multi Agency Recovery Co-ordination Group

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