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Flood relief for residents and businesses in Boston Borough

There is good news for residents and businesses which suffered the impact of December's flood - Boston Borough Council can now consider eligibility for council tax and business rates relief.

The Government is making funding available for homes that have been flooded under Section 13A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

Those whose homes were flooded in December are being issued with an information letter and application form. The letter will be sent to the flood-affected property and requires the owner or resident at the time of flooding to complete and return to Boston Borough Council by March 27.

Boston Borough Council will then review the application and will have the discretion to grant a council tax exemption for up to three months if criteria laid down by Government and within the policy is met.

The council's Section 13A policy can be found at http://bit.ly/1fQrQIf

If you have been impacted by the flood and have not received a letter and application form from the council about this please do not delay. Contact the Council Tax Team on 01205 314202 for an application form. Do not run the risk of missing out.

The council is also writing to all businesses affected by the flood so they can be considered for business rates relief.

Eligible business may qualify for three months exemption from paying their business rates, but they must complete an application form and return it to the council as soon as possible.

Completed forms will be assessed against criteria laid down by Government and applied following application of all other types of rate relief that business may qualify for, such as, for example, small business rate relief.

Qualifying businesses will receive a revised demand notice for 2013/14.

If you are a business in the borough, impacted by the flood and have not received a letter and application form from the council about this please do not delay. Contact Business Rates on 01205 314413 for an application form.