The recent flooding in our area has had a devastating effect on many families, homes and businesses across our area. I’ve seen first hand much of the damage, and although the waters have now receded, I know that the clear up and recovery for many has only just begun.
I’m holding a number of additional advice surgeries across the Constituency this week for residents who need my assistance with any problems from the floods. Whether it’s issues with insurance cover, road or infrastructure repairs, or help and advice about how to apply for the the emergency flood recover funds, I will do what I can to help. Dates and times are at the end of this email.
Confirmation of Funding for Flood affected homes and businesses in Rossendale and Darwen.
Every household affected will be eligible to receive £500, with payments to be made by district councils, generally to the person registered for Council Tax. District councils will be working to identify affected households with information provided by the Environment Agency, to make payments as quickly as possible following the floods. To register please call 01706 878660 and more information can be found here.
Support for Businesses
Support will also be available for businesses severely affected either directly or indirectly by the flooding to help them recover and get trading again as soon as possible. This is due to be delivered by Boost Business Lancashire, which is led by the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to create and safeguard jobs in the county. Details of how to apply for this support are available here.
Council Tax/Business Rate relief
Further help in the shape of local tax relief may be available for residents and businesses whose properties have not been occupied due to the flooding. Please contact either Rossendale Borough Council or Blackburn with Darwen Council for details of the application process.
Extra Discretionary Support
Work is also underway to put help in place for households in particular need, for example because they are not insured. People may also be eligible to receive additional funding from a local discretionary fund being administered by the Community Foundation for Lancashire. Details are available here.
Support for Farmers
Support will also be available for farmers from a scheme administered by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Details are available here.
ADDITIONAL ADVICE SURGERIES
Please call either 01706 215547 or 01254 701258 to book an appointment or let me know that you will be popping in.
Whitworth Advice Surgery
Whitworth Library, Lloyd Street
Friday 8th January, 10am -11am
Bacup Advice Surgery
Bacup Library, St James Square
Friday 8th January, 12noon – 1pm
Rawtenstall Advice Surgery
Rawtenstall Library, Haslingden Road
Friday 8th January, 2pm – 3pm
Darwen Advice Surgery
Constituency Office, 7a Railway Road, Darwen
Friday 8th January, 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Edenfield/Stubbins/Chatterton/Irwell Vale Advice Surgery
Edenfield Community Centre, Off Exchange Street, Edenfield
Saturday 9th January, 9.30am – 11am
If you can’t make any of the advice surgeries but would still like my assistance, please just reply to this email and I will do what I can to help.
Jake Berry MP
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