Council tax relief for flood victims as mass clean-up begins

Council tax relief for flood victims as mass clean-up begins

Council tax relief for flood victims as mass clean-up begins

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A REFUND on council tax is being offered to residents affected by the devastating flooding as a multi-agency clean-up effort gets underway in Marlow and the surrounding areas.

Wycombe District Council is offering those significantly impacted by floods between December 1 and March 31 up to 100 per cent of their council tax for a period of three months.

Two further schemes are available for businesses affected by the deluge, with a 100 per cent business rate refund available for those whose premises were flooded.

And a business support scheme offers small and medium size companies access to a £35,000 government grant for insurance excesses and support for loss of trade, both up to £750.

This comes after a task force was set up by Bucks County Council looking at different areas of the recovery process for the county.

Councillor Richard Scott, Leader of Wycombe District Council, said: "While the community spirit in the areas affected by the recent flooding has been phenomenal, we know that for those who have felt the impact of the floods it has been a very stressful time.

"These three schemes have been designed to offer some financial relief to those who've borne the brunt of the adverse conditions.

"We want to be able to provide support for those in need of a helping hand while recovering from the floods, so I hope that residents and businesses who are eligible for this financial assistance ensure that they apply."

A multi-agency meeting was held in Marlow yesterday to co-ordinate the flood recovery effort after waters receded over the past 10 days.

The task force includes representatives from Transport for Buckinghamshire, Wycombe District Council, Marlow Town Council, Thames Valley Police and the Environment Agency.

TfB is focusing its efforts on repairing ‘category one’ potholes created and worsened by the flooding.

Drainage teams are out in flooded areas battling to clear drains damaged by the deluge, and TfB’s ‘super sucker’ pump is continuing to help with groundwater flooding in Pound Lane, Marlow.

Bucks Fire and Rescue scaled down its operation last weekend and residents who are physically able are being asked to return their sandbags to wherever they collected them, and are urged to hold on to unused and uncontaminated bags if they have available storage.

Marlow town clerk Annie Jones, who is chairing the Marlow recovery group, is asking those who are unable to return the bags to get in touch with the town council to arrange a pick up.

She said: "As far as this group is concerned, we’re all just focussing now on getting Marlow back to normal. There is a huge focus on this at the moment.

"Just because floods are disappearing, the work is not done and in many ways there’s even more going on now."

Environmental Health officers warn that sewers are still backing up, with reports of sewage coming up through manhole covers and flooding gardens along Quarrydale Drive in Marlow continuing.

Divisional officer Andrew Collinson said groundwater flooding may take as much as two months to subside due to saturated ground.

Thames Water has sent tankers to affected areas to try and remove some of the spilled sewage.

For full details and eligibility criteria for WDC’s flood relief support schemes are available at www.wycombe.gov.uk and by clicking on the 'Flood Relief' link.

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6:29am Fri 28 Feb 14

demoness the second says...

Aylesbury is far more generous.
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Aylesbury is far more generous. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-bed s-bucks-herts-261849 74 demoness the second
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8:39am Fri 28 Feb 14

Welwyn Dowd says...

Great - I already get a 10% Council Tax discount on my Thameside house in Marlow as I designate it as my second home. I'd better flip it to my 'main' residence for the next three months to get the maximum discount then flip it back to my 'second' home. Unless of course I can claim both together then I'd get 110% discount for three months which means the council pay me! Thanks, Richard, that's a few grand in my pocket!
Great - I already get a 10% Council Tax discount on my Thameside house in Marlow as I designate it as my second home. I'd better flip it to my 'main' residence for the next three months to get the maximum discount then flip it back to my 'second' home. Unless of course I can claim both together then I'd get 110% discount for three months which means the council pay me! Thanks, Richard, that's a few grand in my pocket! Welwyn Dowd
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8:54am Fri 28 Feb 14

Texaco says...

The rich getting richer, money going to money are terms that spring to mind
The rich getting richer, money going to money are terms that spring to mind Texaco
  • Score: 3

9:52am Fri 28 Feb 14

Marsh Wanderer says...

So, just because I had the sense not to buy a house on a flood plain, I don't get relief form Council Tax, another great decision by the people above.
So, just because I had the sense not to buy a house on a flood plain, I don't get relief form Council Tax, another great decision by the people above. Marsh Wanderer
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10:04am Fri 28 Feb 14

ricky266 says...

Will we get a tax relief for having to drive on these ridiculously damaged roads everyday as well then? Especially as the superb council has decided to stop ALL repairs!
Will we get a tax relief for having to drive on these ridiculously damaged roads everyday as well then? Especially as the superb council has decided to stop ALL repairs! ricky266
  • Score: 17

10:21am Fri 28 Feb 14

jdough says...

ricky266 wrote:
Will we get a tax relief for having to drive on these ridiculously damaged roads everyday as well then? Especially as the superb council has decided to stop ALL repairs!
Don't forget the ongoing bins fiasco - can we have our money back for that, too?
[quote][p][bold]ricky266[/bold] wrote: Will we get a tax relief for having to drive on these ridiculously damaged roads everyday as well then? Especially as the superb council has decided to stop ALL repairs![/p][/quote]Don't forget the ongoing bins fiasco - can we have our money back for that, too? jdough
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12:42pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

My sincere sympathy to people affected followed by absolute apathy for the WDC. Their farcical decisions have so far been responsible for all the causes and yet they are still in their jobs !
Giving council tax holiday period to only a few is obviously preferential treatment and totally unfair in any sensible person's view.But then again WDC decison makers can hardly be regarded as individuals with sense, otherwise this would never happen. What relief do the people being affected on a daily basis from crumbling away roads get ? What does the motorist with blown up tyres damaged suspension, damaged bodywork get due to the council's inability to fix road gets?
If nothing is the answer then I will personally pay every person's council tax in High Wycombe for a year. How can I be so confident to make this assertion? Because I have no confidence or trust left in the tw@s at WDC.
My sincere sympathy to people affected followed by absolute apathy for the WDC. Their farcical decisions have so far been responsible for all the causes and yet they are still in their jobs ! Giving council tax holiday period to only a few is obviously preferential treatment and totally unfair in any sensible person's view.But then again WDC decison makers can hardly be regarded as individuals with sense, otherwise this would never happen. What relief do the people being affected on a daily basis from crumbling away roads get ? What does the motorist with blown up tyres damaged suspension, damaged bodywork get due to the council's inability to fix road gets? If nothing is the answer then I will personally pay every person's council tax in High Wycombe for a year. How can I be so confident to make this assertion? Because I have no confidence or trust left in the tw@s at WDC. Bartholomew HuckleBerry
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3:06pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

in my post above an edit is required at the beginning of third to last line...it should read " if other than nothing" .
in my post above an edit is required at the beginning of third to last line...it should read " if other than nothing" . Bartholomew HuckleBerry
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3:24pm Fri 28 Feb 14

tigeran says...

So why can't I get a council tax relief? I chose, and it was by choice not to live on a flood plain as I am aware of what it's like here, yet now will probably be expected to fund this! It's not right.
So why can't I get a council tax relief? I chose, and it was by choice not to live on a flood plain as I am aware of what it's like here, yet now will probably be expected to fund this! It's not right. tigeran
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3:52pm Fri 28 Feb 14

thethe says...

don't the flood "victims" need more council services and therefore should pay more tax not less?
don't the flood "victims" need more council services and therefore should pay more tax not less? thethe
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12:18pm Tue 18 Mar 14

I know who I am says...

jdough wrote:
ricky266 wrote:
Will we get a tax relief for having to drive on these ridiculously damaged roads everyday as well then? Especially as the superb council has decided to stop ALL repairs!
Don't forget the ongoing bins fiasco - can we have our money back for that, too?
Not to mention our useless police force could we get a refund for that too
[quote][p][bold]jdough[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ricky266[/bold] wrote: Will we get a tax relief for having to drive on these ridiculously damaged roads everyday as well then? Especially as the superb council has decided to stop ALL repairs![/p][/quote]Don't forget the ongoing bins fiasco - can we have our money back for that, too?[/p][/quote]Not to mention our useless police force could we get a refund for that too I know who I am
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