Leeds City Council leader, Judith Blake, has added more detail to proposals to help those affected by the recent flooding.
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– households affected by flooding will receive up to £500 to help with recovery costs;
– householders flooded will receive council tax relief and this will be for a minimum of three months or while anyone is out of their home if longer;
– a business rate relief scheme for businesses affected by flooding will be introduced, and again this will be for a minimum of three months;
– a business support scheme for small and medium sized businesses is being developed to help those affected recover from the impacts of Storm Eva;
– The Council is looking to introduce a grant scheme that provides up to £5000 per property flooded to make properties more resilient to future flooding.
Further details on all of these elements will be published next week.

In addition, there will be targeted help for manufacturing. The Leeds City Region has the UK’s largest concentration of manufacturing jobs. And the flooding has had a serious impact on local industry as well as on local householders.
So the Council has announced an initiative to support those manufacturing firms affected.
– A team of expert manufacturing advisors has already visited more than 30 manufacturing businesses to discuss the problems they face as a result of flooding. The aim of this initial work is to understand the scale of the impact and to identify how businesses can be supported to get production started again.
– In addition to the financial assistance for businesses announced by the government, the council initiative is offering manufacturers a wider package of support. This will include assistance with searches for temporary premises, and advice on the process of getting production back up and running.
– The council will also provide support to businesses in accessing funding for new premises and machinery from government and the Leeds City Region LEP.
– The council has discussed the need for government support for a scheme to assist manufacturers with the Communities Secretary, Greg Clark MP, during his visit to Leeds earlier this week.
Leader of Leeds City Council, Judith Blake said:
“We want to do everything we can to help our great manufacturing businesses to get back on their feet after the recent devastating floods. Manufacturers face particular challenges in terms of the damage to their machinery and premises. We have a great track record in supporting manufacturing firms to invest and create jobs, and we will do everything possible to help them at this difficult time. We are making a strong case to government to do more to help our manufacturers.”
Manufacturers affected by the flooding can register for support by emailing the council at floodrelief@leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 222 4444 providing their details and indicating they are a manufacturing business.

Leeds City Council is also working with the Leeds Community Foundation which has launched a fundraising appeal today.
Funds raised from the appeal will be used to provide grants to affected householders, businesses and community groups. Donations can be made online at http://www.justgiving.com/leeds-flood-relief-appeal or by sending a cheque made payable to Leeds Community Foundation to Leeds Flood Relief Appeal, Leeds Community Foundation, 51a St Paul’s Street, Leeds LS1 2TE. Further details can be seen at http://www.leedscf.org.uk with information on applying for grants to be released early next week.

Anyone severely affected by the flooding and wishing to register for support should email the council at floodrelief@leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 222 4444 providing details of their name, address, daytime and evening telephone numbers and a short explanation of how their house or business has been affected and of their needs.

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