Flood relief scheme to be launched

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, February 27, 2014


Flood relief scheme to be launched

Flooding in Yarmouth. Picture by Alan Addicot.

HOMEOWNERS and businesses affected by flooding between December and March will be eligible for the Repair and Renew Grant, announced by the prime minister earlier this month.

David Cameron has said up to £5,000 is being made available to improve individual properties resistance to poor weather conditions.

The grants are only to fund measures which improve resilience to flooding and not repairs that would normally be covered by insurance.

Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner said many people contacted his office asking for details, but they had not yet been finalised.

Properties will be eligible for a tailored report on the most appropriate way to protect them.

He urged all those eligible to apply for the grant when it is launched on April 1. It will be administered by the Isle of Wight Council.


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by Keven Ball

28th February 2014, at 20:18:11

Hi Dorm,

Simple, you apply now and wait for a response. Applying early means you are first in the queue... it is like buying tickets first come first served! :)

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by D Gorman

28th February 2014, at 13:14:43

And how do you get a "headstart"? The scheme doesn't open till April 1st, did we not read the entire article?

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by Keven Ball

27th February 2014, at 11:09:46

The only way to try to claim this money is to prove you were affected by the floods. Many people were, so I would put my claim in ASAP to stand a chance of receiving this grant (get a head start)!

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by Kate Chapman

27th February 2014, at 10:10:37

From the details I have seen, you will be required to employ a surveyor to write a report of suggested measures to improve you flood defence and you'll have to pay for this yourself.

Once you have the report you make an application and you may receive a grant for 'approved' measures but no grants are available for repairing existing flood damage. The Government have already stated that the average pay out for successful applications should be around £2500.

This announcement would appear, like the business rates relief that's only available if you cease trading, to be another toothless sound bite.

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by Baz Taylor

27th February 2014, at 09:27:29

I hope that figure of £5,000 isn't the total of the whole Repair & Renewal Grant! It won't go very far among the many who have been affected! :-)

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