01 January 2016

Financial support available for flood victims

​Residents and businesses affected by the Boxing Day floods are being urged to take advantage of the financial support being offered.

Chorley Council is administering the help that will include relief from council tax and business rates as well as money towards getting people back into their homes and businesses as soon as possible.
​It comes after hundreds of people across the borough had their homes and businesses turned into rivers just hours after celebrating Christmas.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We have witnessed some devastating scenes over the last week with homes completely wrecked by the floods.

“Having got over the initial devastation people are now starting to try and put their lives back together and it’s important we offer financial support where we can.

“We have been working with the Government and the county council to put together a package of support that will help and we now want people who have been affected to get in touch with us so we can get that money to them as quickly as possible.”

The help on offer will include:
• Council tax and business rate relief
• £500 payments to households that have been flooded
• Grants of up to £5,000 to protect homes against future flooding
• Business support with grants of up to £10,000 to get businesses trading successfully again
• Local discretionary relief fund – this will be administered by the Community Foundation for Lancashire and is intended to support people with specific needs e.g. as a result of not being insured.

“Initially, we want people who have been affected to get in touch with us giving us their name, address, contact numbers and email address – ideally we’d want people to email us at contact@chorley.gov.uk but if people haven’t got internet access they can ring us on 01257 515151,” said Councillor Wilson.

“We will be looking to get information out directly to those affected but we know there maybe properties that have been flooded that we aren’t aware of so we’d urge people to come forward no matter what part of the borough they live in.

“Full details will be available at chorley.gov.uk and the council’s phone lines will be open until 5pm on New Year’s Eve, and between 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3 January, before opening as usual on Monday.”

Chorley Council, along with the emergency services, county council, Environment Agency and many other organisations have been working round the clock to protect people from flooding and help with the clean up operation.

To view the financial support on offer click here.