COMMUNITIES across the Malvern Hills affected by flooding and homelessness because of it will receive help after the launch of a £100,000 support fund, writes Shazad Hussain.
The cash, from the district council, comes after the flooding brought by Storm Dennis.
Councillors confirmed at a meeting that cash would be provided to help residents, businesses and communities.
Following heavy rain, up to 200 properties and more than 100 businesses across the district were flooded, with Tenbury Wells heavily affected.
Coun Sarah Rouse, leader of Malvern Hills District Council, thanked council staff, the emergency services, Environment Agency, councillors, town and parish councils and local volunteers for their ‘amazing efforts’.
“An unprecedented situation has prompted an unprecedented response from, not just us, but all levels of local government, other partner agencies and the people of this district who have demonstrated such wonderful resilience and community spirit.”
Government funding includes a 100 per cent Council Tax discount for qualifying residents for at least three months and, likewise, 100 per cent Business Rates Relief for qualifying companies for at least three months.
There will also be a £500 financial hardship payment, £2,500 for small to medium sized businesses which have suffered uninsurable losses and up to £5,000 to help make properties more resilient to future flooding.
Coun Rouse added, once flood waters reduced, support would be offered to people in Upton-upon-Severn left homeless.
“We’re determined to work with all our flood-affected communities to help them not only recover, but grow and prosper following this devastating event.
“The measures we have announced today are just the start of that process.”
Malvern Hills District Council has also set up an information hub at Tenbury Library in collaboration with Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Regulatory Services to deal with queries or issues people would like addressed.
Residents who were expecting waste collections but are yet to have one should leave their bins in the usual place as crews will work to catch up on any missed collections.
Residents and businesses affected by the floods can register their details online at www.malvernhills.gov.uk/flood-support to claim support.