Support for Farmers and Rural Businesses Affected by Flooding:
Farmers and rural businesses affected by recent flooding will have immediate relief on their council tax and business rates. This measure was announced by the government on the suggestion of the Flood Recovery Taskforce, which has been assembled to support communities affected by the flooding in the north of England. The plan will give households and businesses that are ‘intensely affected’ by flooding, up to 100% relief on their council tax and business rates for at least the next three months.
Defra also announced that it will extend the Farming Recovery Fund to support farmers badly affected by the flooding – farmers and land managers who have suffered uninsurable damage to their property will be able to apply for grants of £500 – £25,000 to cover the cost of repair.
Further details are expected to be announced shortly.