Flood relief latest

Press Release: 05/06/2014

Flood Alert

Nearly 120 flood-hit families and businesses in the Winchester district have received financial help so far – and applications are still coming in.

Cllr Rob Humby, the Leader of Winchester City Council, announced the figure at Cabinet today (Thursday 5 June).

In March the Government outlined a range of schemes to offer financial support for homes and businesses affected by the severe winter floods.

Since then the City Council has been working to administer the schemes, which include offering cash help from its own resources as well as central Government funds.

In addition to determining and awarding the grants, the work has involved: flood clinics in the worst affected areas; telephone and email advice to local residents; regular liaison with parish councils, the Winchester District Citizens Advice Bureau and Government offices; and one-to-one visits to homes and businesses.

The financial support has included relief on council tax and business rates as well as business support grants and repair and renew grants.

Cllr Humby said:

There are strict criteria for this flood support and I would like to thank officers and councillors for helping householders and businesses in the district to navigate their way through the process and receive the help they need.

I am especially grateful that local people have appreciated this financial support is designed for those who were severely affected with flood water inside their properties.

I am asking our councillors to continue to spread the word about these grants and to encourage those who have been affected to apply.

Information on flood recovery can be found on the City Council’s website at:
www.winchester.gov.uk/environment/flood-recovery