MORE government support for people affected by flooding has been welcomed by Borough of Poole.

Four schemes aimed at helping businesses and households that have been flooded have been announced by the government.

The 100 per cent business rate relief scheme will allow three months without having to pay, there is a council tax exemption scheme also for at least three months, £5,000 flood resilience grants available from April 1 and a business support scheme for emergency funding.

John McBride, chief executive, Borough of Poole, said: “Being flooded can have a huge impact on people both emotionally and financially. We are keen to ensure that all households and businesses in Poole, which have been affected during recent storms, are aware of this additional support and how to access it.

“We would encourage businesses and residents to contact us as soon as possible to see how the schemes could help them.”

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