Leeds flood compensation payouts could start today, reveals council

Clean-up work at the Kirkstall Bridge pub.
Clean-up work at the Kirkstall Bridge pub.
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LEEDS Council today announced new details about the support package put together for people hit by the city’s Boxing Day floods.

The council confirmed that immediate £500 compensation payouts are being made available to affected householders.

The first payments into successful claimants’ bank accounts are expected as early as today, said the council.

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Council tax relief for a minimum period of three months will also be on offer for residential properties that suffered flooding in the wake of Storm Eva.

Assistance for eligible businesses, meanwhile, includes:

• A grant scheme providing up to £2,500 cash to help with short-term clean-up and recovery costs;

• Full business rates relief for a minimum period of three months;

• Grants of up to £5,000 to make commercial premises more resilient to future flooding.

Council leader Coun Judith Blake said: “The flood waters may have thankfully now receded but the problem has by no means gone away, people and businesses are still suffering so we need to do everything we can to help them make a full recovery as soon as possible and hopefully these measures can start that process.

“The point has been made loud and clear that in order to stop this happening again Leeds needs comprehensive flood defences to be in place as soon as possible, and we will continue to press the Government until that has been successfully achieved.

“I would like to take this opportunity again to thank everyone in Leeds who helped and continues to offer help to those in need.

“All of the council officers, many of whom volunteered their services, deserve huge amounts of credit alongside the efforts of the emergency services and hundreds of community-based volunteers.

“Many stories are emerging of amazing efforts to help, such as the NHS nurses who visited people’s homes supported by the police in order to make sure some of our most vulnerable residents were safe.

“It is that sort of selfless commitment which makes me so proud of our city but it is important to stress the work very much still needs to go on.”

For details on the qualifying criteria for support, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Council-support-for-flood-hit-homes-and-businesses.aspx.