It is only a matter of weeks since devastating floods hit parts of Bassetlaw, but in this short space of time the people and businesses affected are already starting to put their lives back together. If you have been directly affected by the floods, there is some financial assistance available through Nottinghamshire County Council’s Flood Hardship Fund, where residents can claim £120.00 and small to medium businesses that employ up to 49 people can claim £300.00.
There is also a Government Flood Recovery Grant where residents can claim £500.00. Bassetlaw District Council is administering this scheme and a claim form is available at www.bassetlaw.gov.uk. Businesses may also be able to claim £2,500 and they should get in touch with Nottinghamshire County Council on 0300 500 8080.
Bassetlaw Council has also been working hard to help people recover in the aftermath of the floods by supplying skips, clearing street, providing housing support and advice and supporting the business community. As part of this, the Council’s Economic Development Team held a business surgery in partnership with North Notts BID and the D2N2 Growth Hub to assist businesses that were flooded and provide support and advice so that they are able to reopen as soon as possible.
The Government has also provided some support so that flooded properties will be exempt from Council Tax for a minimum of three months, in addition to affected businesses who will receive support with Business Rates. Bassetlaw District Council will be writing to all the residential and business properties that have been affected to provide them with all of the details.
If you are reading this and thinking, ‘what can I do to help?’ you can donate of food items to Bassetlaw Food Bank or, if you are able to, you can make a cash donation to the Bassetlaw Flood Relief, the details of which are on Bassetlaw District Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages and their website.