Council Tax and Rates Relief for Flood-Hit PropertiesPublished Wednesday, 08 February 2017
A council tax and business rates relief scheme for Ribble Valley properties affected by the December 2015 floods has been extended.
Ribble Valley Borough Council has successfully lobbied for an extension to the scheme, which gave 100 per cent relief from council tax or business rates to households and businesses affected by flooding following Storms Desmond and Eva.
Members of the council’s policy and finance committee heard that over £190,000 in council tax relief had been secured from the Government for the 245 households affected by the flooding, 13 of which had still not been able to return to their homes, and over £63,000 had been secured for 32 businesses, all of which were now open and trading.
Ribble Valley Borough Council’s director of resources, Jane Pearson, said; “Council tax and business rates relief for properties affected by the floods was limited to 12 months, but we contacted the Government requesting that the relief be extended for those households who have still not been able to return to their homes.
“I am happy to report that as a result the relief has now been extended until March 31.”