7 Jan 16

East Keswick escaped the worst of the flooding which affected Yorkshire recently, probably because most of the village is built on a slope. The road near the southern entrance to the village was flooded at one point and A58 traffic was diverted through East Keswick at certain intervals.

However, villagers might like to know about flood help available from Leeds City Council and details are pasted below

Leeds City Council has today released additional details of the financial support being made available to help households and businesses recover from the recent floods.

In terms of households, the council is offering two schemes to help domestic properties affected by flooding following Storm Eva:

  • A £500 compensation scheme to help householders recover from the floods. This may, for instance, help with rental costs at a temporary home.
  • A council tax relief scheme to aid longer-term issues caused to residential properties by the flood, with 100 per cent discount on council tax for a minimum of three months

The £500 compensation will be a cash payment to householders affected. For details of the qualifying criteria for properties as well as additional support and guidance on flood recovery visit the council’s website at www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Council-support-for-flood-hit-homes-and-businesses.aspx.

The council is looking to make payments as quickly as possible and expects the first payments to be issued today directly into householders’ bank accounts where it has got all the information needed to make a decision.

In terms of businesses affected by Storm Eva the council is offering a range of measures including:

  • A grant scheme providing up to £2,500 in cash to aid immediate clean-up and recovery costs.
  • Full business rates relief for a minimum period of three months
  • Visits to affected properties to assess damage and advice on recovery
  • Environment health advice for businesses
  • Assistance for firms needing to find alternative premises
  • A flood resilience grant of up to £5,000 available to help make commercial premises more resilient to any future flooding - further details on this will be published at a later date.

The financial schemes are available to eligible businesses only. To see the full criteria visitwww.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Council-support-for-flood-hit-homes-and-businesses.aspx

The council is also working with the Manufacturing Advisory Service and Leeds City Region LEP to assist manufacturing businesses impacted by the floods, with visits already being made to more than 30 businesses to assess the damage and advise on the recovery to help get businesses back in operation as soon as possible.

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