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Flooding Financial Support

If your property or business was affected by the Storm Henk flooding between 2 and 12 January 2024, there are a series of financial support options that you might be eligible for, which we’ve outlined below.

If you haven’t done so already, you must report the flood via the Oxfordshire flood reporting form.

Community Recovery Grant

Households will be eligible for a £500 Community Recovery Grant if their residence was deemed to have been impacted by Storm Henk between 2 and 12 January 2024 i.e. the residence was flooded internally, rendering it unliveable for a period of greater than 48 hours. 

Qualifying criteria for residential properties 

The property you are applying for must be your primary residence. Second or empty homes are not eligible. 

Flood water must have entered the inside living space of your property, rendering it unliveable. Porches, greenhouses, garages, sheds, outhouses etc. will not be considered as eligible for this scheme. 

OR 

Your property must have been unliveable for at least 48 hours because: 

  • Access to the property was severely restricted (e.g. upper floor flats with no access) 
  • Key services such as sewerage, draining and electricity were severely affected 
  • Flooding has caused significant damage to the property meaning it would be or would have been advisable for you to leave the premises for any period of time, regardless of whether you did vacate or not 

If you believe you are eligible for this grant you can apply using the “Apply for Residential Financial Support” button below before 1pm on Monday 18 March. Please see our privacy notice for the Community Recovery Grant for details on how we will use your information.

Council Tax discount 

A 100% Council Tax discount may be awarded for a minimum of 3 months, if your property meets the above criteria, or longer if you are unable to return to the property. 

If you are unable to return home, a 100% Council Tax discount may be awarded in respect of temporary accommodation, in parallel with the discount on your primary residence. 

If you believe you are eligible for this discount you can apply using the “Apply for Residential Financial Support” button below before 1pm on Monday 18 March. Please see our privacy notice for the Council Tax discount for details on how we will use your information.

Property Flood Resilience Repair Grant Scheme 

Oxfordshire County Council is administering a further grant entitled the Property Flood Resilience Repair Grant Scheme.

Business Rates Relief

100% relief from business rates may be awarded for a minimum of three months if flood water entered the property, or the flooding seriously impacted upon the businesses ability to trade from the property. For example, internal areas which are critical to the day-to-day operations have been damaged, necessitating drying out/or repairs as a direct result of flooding. The relief provided will be subject to the UK subsidy control regime.

If you believe you are eligible for this discount you can apply using the “Apply for flooding financial support for businesses” button below before 1pm on Monday 18 March. Please see our privacy notice for the Storm Henk Business Rates relief for details on how we will use your information.

Business Recovery Grant

Businesses will be eligible for a £2,500 Business Recovery Grant if their premises was deemed to have met the eligibility criteria and were either directly or indirectly impacted by Storm Henk between 2-12 January 2024.

Qualifying criteria 

The Department of Business and Trade has established a scheme to support eligible SME businesses whose premises have been severely impacted by Storm Henk, with immediate recovery costs. 

Small-to-medium sized businesses in the South Oxfordshire district with affected business premises could be eligible for grants of £2,500 from the Business Recovery Grant scheme. 

Eligible business premises (namely premises from which a small or medium sized business (“SME”) need to be actively trading and do not include warehouses or sheds unless the business actively trades from the warehouse or shed) within flooded areas: 

  • are premises which are directly impacted by the weather event – for instance there was flood damage to the premises; or 
  • are premises which are indirectly impacted by the weather event for more than one day – for instance the business premises has had no/highly restricted access to the premises, to equipment and/or stock as a result of flooding, restricted access for customers, suppliers and/or staff; and directly suffered a loss of trade as a result. 

The qualifying period is 2-12 January 2024 for those SME businesses premises severely negatively impacted by Storm Henk. 

If you believe you are eligible for this discount you can apply using the “Apply for flooding financial support for businesses” button below before 1pm on Monday 18 March. Please see our privacy notice for the Storm Henk Business Recovery Grant for details on how we will use your information.

If you have any questions about applying for business financial support, please contact business.support@southandvale.gov.uk

Farming Recovery Fund 

DEFRA will be administering a further grant entitled the Farming Recovery Fund. Details of the fund including eligibility will be announced via the government website once the full impacts of storm Henk have been determined.