The Repair and Renew Grant is a new scheme designed to help homeowners and businesses in England whose homes were flooded between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014.
From 1 April 2014 grants of up to £5,000 are now available from your local council to fund additional flood resilience measures for homes, over and above repairs that would normally be covered by insurance. This could include:
- Flood resilience measures which reduce the impact of any flood water that enters your property and can aid the recovery process, such as replacing carpets with waterproof tiling or raising electricity sockets.
- Flood resistance measures which can form a barrier against flood water, helping to keep it out of your home.
Work can begin after a survey has been completed by a competent professional.
Grants are not intended to cover standard repairs or to provide compensation. They must be used only for improvements to the fabric of the premises to reduce the impact and cost of subsequent flooding on the property.
Homes and businesses that have been flooded since December 2013 will also qualify for:
- 100% business rate relief for three months, regardless of how long they were flooded.
- Business support scheme which is available to support small and medium sized businesses to develop and implement business recovery plans.
Homeowners and businesses can obtain a tailored report on the type of flood resilience measures that might be appropriate for their property from the Defra funded Property-Protection-Adviser website, which will give guidance on the kind of measures that might need to be fitted and their likely cost.
Other websites you might find useful when planning your future flood proofing: