Property owners who have already registered with the Council that their home or business was flooded as a result of Storm Eva (26/27th December 2015) can apply for a grant of up to £5000 to help meet the cost of making their property more resilient and resistant to flooding. Resilience Grants can only be used to pay for measures that better prepare homes for future flood events; both to prevent flood water from entering the property and to speed the recovery if it does.
The grant is intended only to fund measures which improve the property’s resilience or resistance to flooding over and above repairs that would normally be covered by insurance. Examples of the type of work that might be recommended include air-brick covers, re-pointing external walls with water resistant mortar, door guards and toilet pan seals.
You must be able to provide evidence that the measures are needed when you submit your completed Resilience Grant application form, e.g. by providing a surveyor, Insurance Company or Loss Adjustor report. When using a surveyor it is important that you ensure they are sufficiently qualified or experienced in assessing flood resistance and resilience needs. A guidance document has been produced which explains what is required as part of the application process and how your application will be managed and processed.
If you are having difficulty finding a suitable surveyor, do not have building insurance, or have decided not to involve your insurance company, then it is recommended that you contact the Flood Advisory Service, www.floodadvisoryservice.co.uk (Telephone: 0800 970 3950) who will be able to provide independent advice and information on surveys.
Before committing expenditure, you should ensure that your Resilience Grant application has been approved. We will accept retrospective applications, but there is a risk that some costs may not be eligible. It is also important to note that notification that a Resilience Grant is payable does not imply that permissions such as planning consent, building regulations etc. have or will be granted. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all such permissions have been identified and granted.
For those who are new to understanding flood risk, the National Flood Forum website sets out a step-by-step process for property owners and links to a wide range of other sources of information, including the “Blue Pages”, which list a range of flood products and service providers.
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