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Financial Help For Flooding Victims


31/01/16


Council bosses are letting people across Lanarkshire know that financial assistance is available after the December storms.

Storm Desmond and Storm Frank battered the country at the end of the year, and cash has been set aside for homes that suffered.


The Scottish Government has announced an aid package to councils following the damage done by the storms that hit between December 4-7 and December 29-31.

A report that went before councillors said: “The funding is to be used by the council to provide each household, business premises or charity directly affected by flood water with a flat rate grant of £1500.

“Only premises which suffered an inundation of water can apply for the grant. The criteria applied will be in line with Scottish Government guidelines. Those affected can apply for the grant even if they have made an insurance claim for any damage.

“The grant will reimburse recipients for the cost of not receiving the full benefit of services they pay for via Council Tax/Business Rates while absent from their homes and while businesses have had their trading disrupted; and it will enable people to protect their homes and businesses against future floods by installing new flood barriers or to carry out flood resilient repairs.

“Supporting evidence for grant applications may include: photographs or videos of property flooding; an independent report from emergency services or council officials attending the property during the flood event; and independent report for example from an insurance company; and evidence of call to emergency services and/or council advising that flooding was happening.

“In addition to the £1500 flat rate grant, a grant of £3000 is available to businesses where there is evidence that their ability to trade has been severely impacted by flooding during this period.”

Go online to www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk for details about how you can access the funding.