In the wake of growing concerns about the transparency of the York Floods Disaster Fund allocation processes, the York Council has issued a statement summarising what other financial assistance is available for victims.
The Council statement reads,
“York residents and businesses could receive up to £5,000 to support the resistance and resilience of their property as part of a package of financial support available.
The Government is providing the funding to enable local authorities to provide grants of up to £5,000 to homeowners and businesses that have been flooded as a result of Storm Desmond and Storm Eva to help fund additional flood resilience or resistance measures for their properties
The resilience grant will enable those who have been flooded to better prepare their homes for future flood events, both to prevent flood water from entering the property and to speed the recovery if it does.
In addition to the grant, the council is continuing to provide a raft of financial support citywide to residents and businesses.
To date, the council has helped to provide:
- £137,000 recovery grant to 274 residents (with a one-off payment of £500)
- Ensured 342 properties directly affected by flooding will be exempt from paying council tax, to a total value of£114,173.91
- 92 businesses directly affected by flooding will be exempt from paying business rates, to a total value of £416,022.11
- paid out £72,000 in grants to businesses affected.
If residents or businesses would like support to talk through these options face-to-face, help is available at the council’s West Offices, Station Rise during offices hours.
Other financial support includes: