1,000 firms benefit from flooding aid

NEARLY 1,000 businesses have received payouts from their 
local councils as part of the Government’s package to help 
them recover from the winter flooding.

In a written parliamentary answer, local government Minister Brandon Lewis confirmed 979 companies had benefited from the Business Rates Relief Fund as of the beginning of June.

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There are no set or advance allocations to councils, which instead have to retrospectively claim back the cost of the relief.

Mr Lewis said 66 local authorities had submitted claims for reimbursement ahead of the deadline last month and added the Government expected to pay back 
£4m shortly.

He was responding to a question from Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle who asked how much of the fund had been allocated to local authorities and received by businesses.