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Property Flood Resilience Recovery Support

What is the Property Flood Resilience Recovery Support Scheme for?

The Scheme will allow flood-hit homes to receive up to £5,000 (including VAT) to make changes to properties to make them more resilient to floods and in order to reduce damage should flooding reoccur.

The grant is to help property owners strengthen their homes for the future.

If flooding should happen again, then the damage levels should be considerably lower, and it will be much quicker and cheaper to return homes back to full use.

The grant is to fund the additional cost of flood resilience and recovery measures, over and above the costs of a standard property repair.

How do I know if I am eligible to apply?

Your property must have been damaged by flooding in February 2020 as a result of storms Ciara and Dennis and be in East Staffordshire to be eligible.

If you are unsure if you are in East Staffordshire, check who you pay your Council Tax to or find your local Council.

The scheme is only available to people where the habitable living or business areas of their properties have been damaged by floodwater entering the property, where drying out and/or repairs to the fabric of the building have been necessary.

The following buildings are not eligible for the scheme:

  • Garages
  • Outhouses and storage areas
  • Second homes
  • Empty homes
  • Basements or cellars not used as part of the habitable or business area of a property

Only the property owner can apply for the grant. However, a tenant may assist and facilitate any work undertaken.

What will the grant cover?

Some examples of property flood measures include:

  • Door barriers
  • Airbrick covers
  • Water resistant plaster
  • Replacement of suspended timber floors with solid concrete
  • Sump and pump systems (both internal and external)
  • Back flow valves
  • Masonry repairs to external walls (including repointing to the substructure).

A full list of measures which may be appropriate can be discussed should your application be successful.

It is important to note that should you be eligible for the scheme, only work identified by a surveyor as appropriate for your property can be paid for.

What will the grant not cover?

  • Flood from any part of a sewerage system, unless wholly or partly caused by an increase in the volume of rainwater (including snow and other precipitation) entering or otherwise affecting the system, or
  • Flood caused by a burst water main (within the meaning given by section 219 of the Water Industry Act 1991)

The process

In the first instance you will need to appoint a surveyor to carry out a Flood Resilience Survey to tell you what resilience measures are appropriate for your property.

For successful applications, up to £500 is available (as part of the £5,000 grant) to fund the cost of the survey. For the avoidance of doubt, survey costs can only be reimbursed as part of completed works, so applicants who have a survey and decide not to go through with further works would need to meet the cost of the survey from another source.

The next step will be for you to commission the agreed work through contractors of your choice.

Once the work is complete, the Council is required under the terms of the scheme to approve the quality and standard of the completed work, this can be through inspection by your surveyor.

Payment for the work will be made following completion of the works and the post-installation survey. This can be made direct to the relevant contractors.

Please note that if the cost of the works carried out is over the agreed £5000 grant limit, the additional cost will be picked up by the property owner.

What we expect from you

If your application is successful, it will be down to you to obtain a survey, quotations for flood protection work and to manage and facilitate any work undertaken.

The National Flood Forum provides excellent information on all matters of domestic flooding, including the Bluepages which lists companies who specialise in property flood protection technology.

Details of Surveyors can be found below:

Flood Protection Solutions Ltd
0115 9870358

Laurence Waterhouse
Warwick York  Chartered Surveyors and Flood Consultants
Tel 07562 417687

We would therefore strongly encourage applicants to use the Blue pages to find relevant businesses from whom to obtain quotations for the proposed flood protection work. If applicants elect to use other companies not on the Blue Pages then it is their responsibility to ensure that the relevant products and services meet the relevant British Standards.

Please be aware that the Covid-19 pandemic will impact on the ability of surveyors and contractors to implement actions and works on properties.

We do encourage all applicants to make their application for grant funding using the online form.  However, if this is not possible, please contact the Flood Recovery teams messaging service on 01283 508020,

Should you have any questions about this scheme, please do not hesitate to contact us via email: floodrecovery@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk or by calling 01283 508020. Please rest assured that any matters discussed will be handled in the strictest confidence.

Who will my information be shared with?

Your information will be held in confidence and in accordance with strict data protection regulations.

However DEFRA; the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG); and the Environment Agency may request the information submitted by successful applicants.