Council reveals financial support for flood hit Leeds residents

DECEMBER 2016: A pedestrian wades through floodwater on Kirkstall Road by Cardigan Fields. PIC: Tony Johnson
DECEMBER 2016: A pedestrian wades through floodwater on Kirkstall Road by Cardigan Fields. PIC: Tony Johnson
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COUNCIL bosses have revealed fresh details about the package of support on offer for flood-hit people in Leeds.

Leeds City Council has announced that affected households would be able to claim up to £500 each to help with immediate recovery costs.

The local authority has confirmed that flooded householders would also be entitled to a minimum of three months’ council tax relief.

A business rate relief scheme is also being introduced, again covering a minimum period of three months.

And, in the longer term, it is hoped grants of up to £5,000 for each affected household or commercial property will be available to make them more resilient to future flooding.

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The council has also announced an initiative designed to help flooded manufacturing firms get back on their feet as soon as possible. Support will include assistance with searches for temporary premises and, where required, advice on accessing funding for new machinery.

Further information on how all the various schemes will work is due to be released by the council next week.

People wishing to register for support are asked to e-mail the council at floodrelief@leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 222 4444.

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