AS part of its support to those affected by the flooding from Storm Ciara, Bradford Council is offering grants of £250 and a council tax exemption to ease the burden on affected households in the immediate aftermath.

Over 70 homes in the Bradford district were flooded as Storm Ciara hit. Some of those don’t have insurance, having been unable to get cover following the last flood on Boxing Day 2015.

The council is adding new funds to what is remaining in the Bradford District Community Fund, which was raised through the generosity of the general public in an appeal following the 2015 flood. By match funding the Community Fund, the council is able to offer £250 grants to all the households badly affected.

To further ease the burden, householders who were badly affected are also being offered a three-month exemption from council tax.

Storm Ciara causes flooding chaos across Bradford district

Any businesses forced to close are also invited to contact the council urgently to see how they can be supported. Through the Council’s partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority a support programme for businesses is being worked on at pace.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “We want to do all we can to help families recover as quickly as possible from the awful flooding to their homes.

"As councillors we’ve been out in the communities we represent and know that council workers, fire services and local volunteers have been going above and beyond the call of duty to support people in their hour of need.

"After getting sandbags deployed we’ve also been providing skips and dehumidifiers, assisting with the clean-up and sharing information on a local level to help people deal with the consequences of the storm. We hope that the offer of these new grants and the council tax exemption can provide some more small help in easing the burden at what’s a particularly difficult time for people.

“I am however disappointed that Government have still not set up a Flood Resilience Grant scheme.

"This needs to happen urgently. Putting aside the escalating clean-up costs which the council is having to bear, home owners and businesses are having to deal with their own costs now and they need help. The sooner Government can give local residents and businesses this firm assurance the better.”