Help on its way for flood-hit homes and businesses

10:39 06 March 2014

Elm Grove in the town centre was flooded on Friday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 3298-08-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

Elm Grove in the town centre was flooded on Friday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 3298-08-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

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A scheme to help flood-stricken homes and businesses get back on their feet will soon be rolled out.

The scheme includes grants and council tax and business rates discounts and exemptions.

The package, recently announced by the Prime Minister, is part of a project to ensure properties are more resilient to flooding in the future.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) is preparing its local scheme using the guidance issued by Government.

Homeowners can apply for ‘repair’ and flood ‘protection’ grants from April of up to £5,000 for flooded homes and business.

And businesses that have been flooded since December 2013 can be exempt from business rates for three months, regardless of how long they were flooded.

The scheme allows local councils to help both flooded businesses and those who have been indirectly affected through loss of trade, for example by being cut off.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has made £4million available for this scheme to enable local councils to provide a council tax discount to those whose homes have been flooded.

An EDDC spokesman said: “It will be for each local council to decide what level of discount to offer each flooded property.

“This is likely to be a 100 per cent discount for at least three months.”

EDDC will be issuing further advice on how to apply for assistance once the local scheme is finalised. Information is also available online at:

http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/street_scene-floodsupport

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