Derbyshire County Council reopens flooding hardship fund

Derbyshire County Council has made £100,000 available to help residents and businesses affected by recent flooding.

Friday, 22nd January 2021, 4:36 pm

A number of homes and businesses in Derbyshire Dales have been affected after persistent rain fell on saturated ground, closing some roads and causing local disruption.

The county council has reinstated the Derbyshire Floods Hardship Fund for Residents and the Derbyshire Floods Business Hardship Fund which were established following floods in 2019.

Residents directly affected by flooding can access financial help of up to £104 via a fast track application process.

Several homes and businesses across Derbyshire have been affected by flooding this week

Businesses of 50 employees or less whose premises were flooded will be eligible to apply for a one-off payment of £500.

Coun Barry Lewis, council leader, said: “We understand the impact that an event like this can have on residents and small businesses, particularly whilst managing the challenges of the pandemic.

“It is again important to react to this immediately which is why we are offering Derbyshire residents and businesses support.

"Having your home or business flooded is extremely distressing and we want to be able to help people who may be in financial difficulty.”

To apply for the residents’ fund only, people should call the county council’s contact centre Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190.

Call centre staff will be available between 8am and 6pm during the week and on Saturday mornings to take information.

Ppayments will then be processed as quickly as possible.

To apply for the fund for businesses, firms should download the application form here and email it to [email protected]

More information on how to report flooding, who is involved in managing flooding risk in Derbyshire and how residents can protect themselves is available here.