Still time to apply for post flood grants

Household items piled up outside a property in Canal Crescent, Port Elphinstone.
Household items piled up outside a property in Canal Crescent, Port Elphinstone.
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Aberdeenshire Council is continuing to make payments through the Scottish Government Relief Fund to those affected by recent flooding and is encouraging people to take advantage.

They are targeting especially business owners who can get up to £4,500.

So far around half the £2million fund has been issued (£984,000) with 656 to households and 87 to businesses through the £1,500 payment and 20 businesses have also received the specific £3,000 business grant.

The authority is encouraging business owners to take advantage of the grants which can be used to replace damaged stock, equipment or property.

Business owners are eligible to apply for £1,500 and a separate £3,000 grant, so could claim up to £4,500 to help with flood recovery costs.

Aberdeenshire Council is administering the £2million fund on behalf of the Scottish Government.

It is one of a range of initiatives that have been announced to support individuals and communities during the recovery period.

Alongside processing applications for flood relief payments the council’s finance team has been assessing council tax and business rates to provide rebates to people while they are unable to access council services and are out of their homes.

£1,500 is available to households, static caravan owners, businesses or community groups (such as rugby clubs) where premises have been directly affected by the flooding to enable householders and businesses to protect their home or business against future floods.

Support of £3,000 is also available to businesses that can demonstrate their ability to trade has been severely impacted by the flooding at the beginning of January.

For more details on the scheme or to apply for funding please visit online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/flooding-grant-scheme.