Wakefield Council supports those affected by flooding

Date: 06/01/2016
Ref: PR 6148

Wakefield Council is offering support to residents and businesses that have been affected by flooding in the district.

West Yorkshire and beyond has been hit by unprecedented flooding recently. Although the Wakefield district was not as severely affected as other areas, a number of residential properties and businesses were affected.

The Council is in contact with those that have been affected to provide help, including supporting where they have not been insured, ensuring that they have the facilities available to dispose of damaged goods, free of charge.

The Council is also offering a Council Tax freeze for those who had flooding inside their homes for the next three months, until the end of March 2016. At this point we will review if any further support is required.

A number of businesses were also affected and the Council is working with the Leeds Enterprise Partnership to offer support. As well as the financial assistance announced by the government, the Council will also provide support to businesses in accessing funding for new premises and machinery in partnership with the Leeds City Region LEP.

Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "We are committed to doing everything we can to support residents and businesses that were affected by the recent floods. Although we are receiving very little of the government funding that has been talked about, this will not impact on the support we offer to those families that need it. Whilst our district was not as severely affected as neighbouring areas, for those flooded it has a huge impact. That is why we are offering council tax relief for the next three months. We urge anyone that has been flooded to contact us immediately to take advantage of the support we can offer."

Residents and businesses affected by the floods, and require support should contact the Council's contact centre on 0345 8 506 506.

For more advice on what to do after a flood, or how to protect properties against further flooding, please visit the Environment Agency website at www.gov.uk/environment-agency

Further information on help and support available is also on the Council website at www.wakefield.gov.uk/flooding