Council tax relief for flooded Worcester residents unclear

DESPITE the announcement of a £4 million government scheme to fund council tax rebates for flooded residents, it is unclear if people in Worcester will be eligible.

On Wednesday David Cameron said homeowners affected by flooding would be able to apply for council tax rebates averaging £350.

But a spokesman from Worcester City Council said the full details of the scheme had not yet been revealed.

However, he said the council had plans in place allowing anyone whose home is deemed uninhabitable was eligible for 100 per cent council tax exemption for up to 12 months.

“After the 2007 floods the government announced a three-month exemption, meaning people in Worcester could effectively be exempt from paying council tax for 15 months,” he said.

“They may do that again but we’re waiting to hear what the details are.”

The city council collects council tax on behalf of all the authorities which receive a portion of it including police, the fire service and the county council.

The Prime Minister announced the scheme on a visit to Pembrokshire and Somerset earlier this week, saying that recovering from the floods would be a “very long haul”.

“We will fund councils that give rebates to people whose homes have been flooded,” he tweeted.

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6:20pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Lew Smoralz says...

What about Cameron's unlimited funds that were going to sort it all out?

That was just another load of coalition untruths.
What about Cameron's unlimited funds that were going to sort it all out? That was just another load of coalition untruths. Lew Smoralz
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1:07am Fri 21 Feb 14

Jabbadad says...

Typically playing to the public he promised many things, and Philip Hammond responsible for the MoD is now spouting how many trops they had on the ground, but forgot to recal that fthe South West was flooded for 6 weeks and the troops were not deployed , but the minute that London was threatened out came the Troops. So again the Tory response was abismal. And I hope that those who have been pormised help / funding by Cameron don't hold their breath. The ammount of money pledged won't address the problem the Farmers have .let alone devistated private housing.
Typically playing to the public he promised many things, and Philip Hammond responsible for the MoD is now spouting how many trops they had on the ground, but forgot to recal that fthe South West was flooded for 6 weeks and the troops were not deployed , but the minute that London was threatened out came the Troops. So again the Tory response was abismal. And I hope that those who have been pormised help / funding by Cameron don't hold their breath. The ammount of money pledged won't address the problem the Farmers have .let alone devistated private housing. Jabbadad
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1:09am Fri 21 Feb 14

Jabbadad says...

Should of course said, how many troops they had on the ground . Sorry folks.
Should of course said, how many troops they had on the ground . Sorry folks. Jabbadad
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8:45am Fri 21 Feb 14

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

So, people are already bashing the government before any deals/funding have been finalised. And what. precisely, did the last administration do to help during and after the last flooding? Or doesn't anyone remember that far back?
So, people are already bashing the government before any deals/funding have been finalised. And what. precisely, did the last administration do to help during and after the last flooding? Or doesn't anyone remember that far back? Arthur Blenkinsop
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9:16am Fri 21 Feb 14

Pomygranit says...

Arthur Blenkinsop wrote:
So, people are already bashing the government before any deals/funding have been finalised. And what. precisely, did the last administration do to help during and after the last flooding? Or doesn't anyone remember that far back?
In real terms a whole lot more than what the coalition have done, most of the works completed in 2010/11 where planned by the previous administration. Try finding what has been planned and completed since then.
Answer: Not a lot.

The money no object was quickly 'qualified'. The excuse for a minister that is Eric Pickles seems to have gone awol.
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Blenkinsop[/bold] wrote: So, people are already bashing the government before any deals/funding have been finalised. And what. precisely, did the last administration do to help during and after the last flooding? Or doesn't anyone remember that far back?[/p][/quote]In real terms a whole lot more than what the coalition have done, most of the works completed in 2010/11 where planned by the previous administration. Try finding what has been planned and completed since then. Answer: Not a lot. The money no object was quickly 'qualified'. The excuse for a minister that is Eric Pickles seems to have gone awol. Pomygranit
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10:44am Fri 21 Feb 14

Jabbadad says...

Yes I remember that when New Labour came to power they slashed the Flood Defence budget to almost nothing. Recall having deep discussions with Mike Foster about this.
Yes I remember that when New Labour came to power they slashed the Flood Defence budget to almost nothing. Recall having deep discussions with Mike Foster about this. Jabbadad
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11:02am Fri 21 Feb 14

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

Just one of many reports!
http://www.theguardi
an.com/environment/2
012/jul/14/flood-def
ence-schemes-unbuilt
Just one of many reports! http://www.theguardi an.com/environment/2 012/jul/14/flood-def ence-schemes-unbuilt Arthur Blenkinsop
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11:04am Fri 21 Feb 14

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-politics-12
402284

They've all been at it!
http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-politics-12 402284 They've all been at it! Arthur Blenkinsop
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