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Flood support schemes
 
 
We are working in partnership with the Government to deliver several support schemes aimed at helping homeowners and businesses that have been flooded or affected by flooding between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014. If a scheme applies to you, you can submit an application using the forms provided or contact the relevant department for further advice and assistance. We have listed a summary of the qualifying criteria for each scheme and the council will be able to advise if you meet the full criteria.

1. Council Tax discount
Householders, whose house has been affected by flooding or severe weather, can apply for a three month discount on their council tax.

How to apply
Please call 01590 646111 and ask for Martin Cole. We will arrange to visit your property and our visiting officer will go through a number of questions to determine whether you meet the criteria.

2. Business Rate Relief
If your business has been affected by flooding you can apply for 100% business rate relief for three months.

Qualifying criteria

  • Flooding must have occurred between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014
  • The property has been flooded in whole or in part as a result of adverse weather conditions
  • On the day of the flooding the property was occupied and subject to occupied business rates
  • As a result of the flooding the business activity undertaken at the property was adversely affected. Very small or insignificant impacts would not be covered by this scheme
  • The rateable value of the property on the day of the flooding was less than £10 million

How to apply
Please call 01590 646119 and ask for Martin Cole. We will arrange to visit your property and our visiting officer will go through a number of questions to determine whether you meet the criteria.

3. Repair and Renew Grant - if you have been flooded
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help households and businesses that have been flooded to pay for repairs and measures that will improve a property's ability to withstand future flooding. The grants will not cover general repairs or provide compensation.

Qualifying criteria

  • Flooding must have occurred between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014.
  • You must not have received other sources of public or insurance funding to implement the same measures.
  • Business applicants will need to comply with State Aid rules so, if you are receiving any other forms of state aid, you will need to ensure that the award of any grant would not cause you to exceed the maximum amount allowed under State Aid rules.

Repair and Renew guidance for applicants PDF Document

How to apply
Applicants should complete a Repair and Renew Grant application form PDF Document and submit to Matt Callaghan, Employment and Tourism, New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst SO43 7PA or via email to matt.callaghan@nfdc.gov.uk
Phone: 023 8028 5588 and ask for Matt Callaghan

4. Business Support Scheme
Support from this fund is available to small and medium sized businesses that have been impacted by coastal or inland flooding since 1 December 2013, and suffered a significant loss of trade. The grant covers direct and indirect impacted businesses within flood affected areas.

Eligible businesses will be able to claim for costs which could include immediate clean-up costs, materials, exceptional business costs (such as hire of drying equipment) and temporary accommodation to enable these businesses to continue trading. Business continuity planning and marketing costs may also be covered, as well as developing and implementing business recovery plans.

Qualifying criteria 

  • Only businesses affected by coastal and inland flooding since 1 December 2013 will be eligible for funding
  • The business must have sustained hardship and significant loss of trade as a result of the floods, but it is not to be used for rewarding poor business practice (e.g. if a business has not put any insurance arrangements in place)
  • Unlike the business rate relief and the repair and renew grant, this business support scheme can also be used to support businesses which have been indirectly impacted by the floods
  • By direct impacts we mean that business has suffered direct damage and loss to premises, equipment and/or stock and has been unable to trade normally as a result of flooding
  • By indirect impacts we mean business has had no or highly limited access to premises, equipment and/or stock as a result of flooding, restricted access to customers and suppliers and suffered significant loss of trade

How to apply
Applicants should complete an Business Support Scheme Application Form PDF Document and submit to Matt Callaghan, Employment and Tourism, New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst SO43 7PA or via email to matt.callaghan@nfdc.gov.uk
Phone: 023 8028 5588 and ask for Matt Callaghan

OTHER SUPPORT SCHEMES

Banking Sector Support- there is a commitment by several major banks to provide financial support to business and individual customers affected by the floods - this includes loan and mortgage payment holidays and extended credit to private customers and small businesses. Participating Banks and Building Societies including RBS, Lloyds, Barclays, HSBC, Santander and the Nationwide offering a range of support programmes.

Time to pay - a scheme allowing affected businesses additional time to pay taxes they owe to HMRC. Contact 0300 200 3835 or 0800 904 7900

Fishing - Funding is available to help with the cost of replacing lost or damaged fishing gear such as crab and lobster pots and other static gear. This could be worth up to £5,000 to fishermen. Applications should be made by 30June 2014 to the Marine Management Organisation www.marinemanagement.org.uk

Support for tourism businesses - to provide practical assistance to coastal areas to help them boost summer trade. Contact Visit England www.visitengland.com

Sports Facilities - a £5 million National Lottery Fund, run by Sport England to help restore pitches and repair sports facilities damaged by the recent floods and storms. Sports clubs, local authorities and other community organisations can apply. Further details are available at Sport England at www.sportengland.org/floodfund