The government is promising rates relief for businesses affected by this winter’s flooding

Communities Secretary Greg Clark has announced that company owners affected by the floods will not have to pay business rates on the businesses they have been displaced from. “We’re determined to stand squarely behind the communities and families whose lives have been turned upside down in the wake of Storm Desmond,” he said. “Residents and businesses who have been displaced by flooding should not have to worry about council tax and business rate bills on top of everything else they will be facing at this difficult time. That’s why we’ll make funding available to help householders and businesses with their council tax and business rates bills for as long as they are out of their properties.”

Business owners can also register online with the Environment Agency’s Floodline Warnings Direct service if their home or business is at risk of flooding. You will be required to supply a telephone number that the service can contact you on any time of the day or night: https://fwd.environment-agency.gov.uk/app/olr/register