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Flood Victims Urged To Contact Council About Financial Support

Published on: 3 Apr, 2014
Updated on: 3 Apr, 2014

Flood-hit residents and businesses are  encouraged to contact Guildford Borough Council to assess what support may be available to them, following the government announcement on measures put in place to help.

The floods in Guildford on Christmas Day, 2013.

The floods in Guildford on Christmas Day, 2013.

Local people and business owners may be eligible for a direct grant or a reduction in business rates or council tax for up to three months.

Grant help could include (but is not limited to) the cost of:
• repairs
• removal of debris
• additional security
• clean up costs
• exceptional business costs
• preventative measures against future flooding.

Other forms of help include a Repair and Renew Grant. The government has announced that this additional financial support of up to £5,000 (including VAT) is available per affected property to carry out preventative works against future flooding.

Works could include moving electrical sockets, altering floors and waterproofing external walls. Homeowners and businesses will need to apply for this funding.

Cllr Nigel Manning, lead councillor for finance and asset management, said: “The recent flooding was unprecedented and homes and businesses in Guildford were affected. There are a number of ways that we can help – please contact us to see what support may be available to you.

“If you have not already done so, please let us know if your business or home was affected by flooding, using the email addresses below.

“Please provide your address and telephone details so that we will be able to contact you directly and quote FLOODING in the subject line of your email. Alternatively, please call us on 01483 505050.”

For business rates email
For council tax email

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