Later this month, Test Valley Borough Council will consider the government’s proposals to provide a local council tax discount to residents whose homes have been affected by the recent flooding.
If approved, the scheme would see a 100 per cent discount on council tax for a three month period. This would apply to properties where day to day activities were adversely affected as a result of flooding between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014.
This would include properties where:
- gardens, adjoining land or outbuildings have been severely affected
- services such as sewerage, drainage and electricity have been severely affected
- upper storey flats have been affected, and due to the impact on accessibility or services the property is considered not liveable.
Residents who have moved into temporary accommodation as a result of flooding may receive a council tax discount for their flooded home and temporary home. Householders will be required to apply for the discount in writing along with supporting evidence. Funding for the discount will be provided by the government.
Councillor Peter Giddings, economic portfolio holder, said: “Scores of people across the borough have been affected by the flooding. We are keen to offer whatever support we can to alleviate some of the financial stress and pressure on residents impacted by the adverse weather.”
“As a result, regardless of how long properties were affected by the flooding, all eligible applicants will receive the full 100 per cent three month discount. I look forward to the proposals being considered at cabinet on 16 April and full council on 17 April.”