Flooded or affected by the floods? Here's the help that is available now:

Flooded or affected by the floods? Here's the help that is available now:

So finally the weather has calmed down. We hope.

The tweet below from Carol Kirkwood, weather presenter at the BBC, pretty much sums it up.

I personally have almost forgotten what it was like to be under a non-bruised, cloudless sky.

Anyhow, it is now time, sadly, for many businesses and individuals to start cleaning up and dealing with the inevitable paperwork.

In the first instance, if you can't fulfil a contract or a business isn't doing what it promised to do, then have a look at our post from late last week: The storms and floods mean that I can’t fulfil my contract. What can I do?

Otherwise, if you have been affected by the floods and need help, there is plenty available:

  • Business Support Scheme: the government launched a new business support scheme for flood affected businesses. The £10 million scheme (which will be administered and delivered by local authorities) will provide hardship funding for SME businesses in areas affected by the floods. Businesses that have been flooded and those that are in affected areas and have suffered significant loss of trade will be able to apply. Eligible costs include things like immediate clean-up costs, materials, and exceptional costs to help these businesses continue trading. Bear in mind that it is likely that the relevant local authority will want to see any evidence of any insurance that can help in the first instance. The government also states that 'local authorities will have discretion on the maximum payments to individual businesses'. In previous equivalent schemes average claims were £2,500 per business
  • Business Support Helpline: the government has also set up a telephone support helpline. It offers

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