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UPDATE: Boston set to get more than £4 million in flood aid

Aftermath of floods in Boston caused by a tidal surge.
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Aftermath of floods in Boston caused by a tidal surge. Wormgate. ENGEMN00120130912123116

Boston could potentially get more than £4 million in flood funding, the Government has revealed.

The latest details from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) detail how to administer allocation of up to £5,000 grant funding per property affected to help pay for work to make them more flood resilient.

On December 5, 590 homes and 105 businesses were flooded in Boston and every flood-affected property – residential and business – will be eligible to make a claim.

Boston Borough Council is now drawing up a plan to administer the various flood-funding streams.

The council has been told by Government that it would receive £320,000 to help businesses affected by flooding, £205,000 to administer business support, Government funding to offer 100 per cent business rate relief for a period of three months and £397,000 for a severe weather recovery scheme to assist the council in support of the cost of recovery from flood damage.

The funding streams together could total about £4.4 million.

Council leader Peter Bedford, leader of Boston Borough Council, said: “The magnitude of the flood which hit Boston on December 5 has been recognised by central Government with news of the cash awards to Boston Borough Council to help all who have been affected. The allocation for Boston is more than for anywhere else.

“Council budgets are stretched so it is good news that Government will be supporting efforts to provide financial support to flood-hit businesses and householders.”

Residents and businesses who suffered the impact of December’s flood are now able to apply for help with council tax and business rates.

The Government is making funding available for homes that have been flooded – with information letters and application forms to be issued to the properties affected in Boston.

The form requires the owner or resident at the time of flooding to complete and return it to Boston Borough Council by March 27.

Boston Borough Council will then review the application and will have the discretion to grant a council tax exemption for up to three months if criteria laid down by Government and within the policy is met.

The council’s policy is available to view on its website, www.boston.gov.uk

A council spokesman said: “If you have been impacted by the flood and have not received a letter and application form from the council about this please do not delay. Contact the Council Tax Team on 01205 330055 for an application form. Do not run the risk of missing out.”

The council is also writing to all businesses – with firms able to qualify for a three month exemption.

Contact 01205 314413 for a business application form.

 

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