Richmondshire District Council

Richmondshire District Council has allocated more than £75,000 to local residents and businesses affected by last month’s flash floods in the Dales.

Through its relief schemes it is offering business rates and council tax relief to qualifying properties.  

More than 250 residential properties and 35 farms were affected by the floods and the council has been in contact with 83 businesses – three of which could be closed for several months.

“These schemes spring into action when there is an emergency situation and are entirely funded by the district council,” said District Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale.

“We have been working hard to support the people of the Dales affected by this catastrophic flash flooding – it is going to take some time for them to get their homes, businesses and lives back to normal, so if we can help in this small way we will.”

Where businesses have been affected by weather related flooding and are unable to trade, they may be entitled to business rate relief of 100 percent. It is for a maximum period of 12 months or less if trading restarts before the end of the 12 months.

Domestic properties may be entitled to a council tax discount for a maximum period of 12 months - less if the work required to make the property habitable has been completed. For those people who are no longer able to live in their property and have moved to a temporary address the entitlement would be a 100 percent discount. For those only able to live in the upstairs, or required to live at the property (for insurance purposes), the entitlement would be a 50 percent discount.

All applications for relief should, where possible, be evidenced with photographs. Applications for the relief should be submitted by email to local.taxation@richmondshire.gov.uk or in writing to Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4JX.

For further information visit our website or contact the local taxation team on 01748 901069.

• The council will also be making a claim to central government through the Bellwin Scheme – this is available to councils and allocates cash for costs incurred in addressing the immediate emergency (above the threshold of around £13,000). That can include such things as sandbags and skips. The scheme does not cover longer term clear up costs or for things such as the council tax and business rates discounts.

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