The Government has announced that communities impacted by flooding will benefit from funding support to help them recover from the impact of Storm Babet.
Flood Recovery Framework in Bolsover District
We are beginning the roll-out of recovery support for households and businesses affected by Storm Babet between 19 October 2023 and 25 October 2023. Delivering initiatives through the national Flood Recovery Framework, which supports councils and communities following severe flooding, assistance will focus on:
- Council Tax Discount: Households internally flooded or deemed to be unliveable for a period greater than 48 hours can claim a 100% council tax discount for a minimum of 3 months. Once a household has registered with us one of our officers will visit the property to assess if it meets the eligibility criteria.
- Community Recovery Grant: Flooded households in affected areas can apply for up to £500 to help with immediate costs. To be eligible, households will either have been internally flooded in habitable areas (not garages, sheds or cellars) or deemed to be unliveable for a period greater than 48 hours. As well as sending out officers to visit our communities that have been worst affected by flooding, households can also register for a visit from one of our officers to assess if eligibility criteria are met.
- Business Recovery Grant: Small-to-medium sized businesses in affected areas will be eligible for up to £2,500 to help them return quickly to business as usual. Further details on the scheme are currently awaited from the Government; businesses are asked to register with us so we can inform on the next steps as soon as possible.
- Business Rates Relief: Businesses may be eligible for 100% Rates Relief for a minimum of three months, where flood water entered the property, or the flooding seriously impacted upon the ability to trade from the property for over 48 hours. Once a business has registered with us one of our officers will visit the property to assess if it meets the eligibility criteria.
Households and Businesses: Property Flood Resilience Repair Grant Scheme
In addition to the support above, eligible flood-hit property owners may be able to apply for up to £5,000 to help make their homes and businesses more resilient to future flooding via the Property Flood Resilience Repair Grant Scheme (opens in a new window).
Contacts and help
Storm Babet has brought significant challenges to some residents and businesses across Derbyshire and all of our public services, and we know this has been and continues to be a very difficult time for many.
For those affected by the floods listed below is some useful advice/pointers.
Firstly, and most importantly, follow the advice of your insurer. Generally, the insurance company will need to visit to make their assessment before anything is moved from the house. If you are struggling with accommodation, please raise this with your insurer too and they should be able to find you alternative accommodation.
If you are concerned about housing matters and your insurer can’t assist, then please contact us on 01246 242424.
Understandably there is anxiety regarding flooding in the future, registering for flood alerts (opens in a new window) may ensure you have maximum time to take any mitigating action. Other partner agencies can offer support and advice and a summary of this is listed below.
Derbyshire Law Centre provides free advice on all debt, specialising in housing and homelessness, housing-related debt, (e.g. rent and mortgage arrears) employment and providing legal advice and support to residents that have been affected by the floods and cannot return to their properties. Contact them by phone on 01246 550674 / 0800 707 6990, or find out more on the Derbyshire Law Centre (opens in a new window) website.
Citizens Advice North East Derbyshire offer general advice and specialist debt advice, open 9:00am - 2:00pm Monday to Friday, contact them by phone on 0808 250 5702 and find out more on the Citizens Advice North East Derbyshire (opens in a new window) website.
Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre offering independent advice and supporting in applying for benefits. Call the helpline on 01246 231441 or find out more on the Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre (opens in a new window) website.
Derbyshire Discretionary Fund is a fund to help you when in an emergency or crisis situation, you can apply by calling this number 01629 533399 and you can find out more on the Derbyshire County Council Discretionary Fund (opens in a new window) website.
Household Support Fund Grants (opens in a new window) are available for households facing financial hardship and can apply for help towards their food, energy and essential living costs.
Rural Action Derbyshire can direct you to a nearby food bank using the Rural Action Derbyshire Food Bank Near You (opens in a new window) website. You can also contact them on 01629 592970.