Cotswold's Grant Aid For Vunerable Flood Victims

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Cotswold's Grant Aid For Vunerable Flood Victims

Urgent help for vulnerable victims of the July floods will be the first priority for a share of the £600,000 recovery grant awarded to the Cotswolds.

Cotswold District Council Cabinet members discussed at their meeting today how the Government grant, announced last week, should be distributed following the July emergency.

Members agreed that first in line for help should be vulnerable people whose homes and furniture were damaged, up to an initial maximum of £2,000 per household.

The Council also hopes to help community facilities hit by the floods and look at local flood prevention measures, subject to agreement by the Government Office for the South West.

Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said: "We want to get this money out as quickly as possible to help the people most affected get back on their feet. Our immediate concern is for those vulnerable people who may not even be able to clear up their own homes after the flooding and who may be without essential items.

"Our door-to-door survey of the 1,150 properties flooded in the District has identified the people in most need. We know who needs help, so residents who have been visited by our team, or who have already filled in the survey form, do not need to get in touch.

"Anyone whose home has been flooded but has not been visited by the Council or asked to fill in our form should contact us on 01285 623000."

The Cabinet agreed that when considering how to grant money to householders, it would consider their vulnerability, the degree of flood damage to the property and whether the person was to receive help from other sources, such the Gloucestershire Flood Relief Fund or insurance companies.

Cllr Stowe added: "While we are keen to help, we donít want to duplicate efforts."

The Council will be calling on its contacts in towns and parishes to help identify flood-hit community facilties that might need assistance and it will be investigating the possibility of spending some of the grant on helping communities to set up local flood prevention schemes.

Posted : 24/08/2007 16:37:38

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