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Financial Assistance

Aberdeenshire Council & Scottish Government

Flood-hit communities start receiving Government grants. Payments of £1500 to people affected by recent flooding are now being made.  Over 300 households and businesses across Aberdeenshire have registered for the Scottish Government Relief Fund since it was announced last week.  Aberdeenshire Council is administering the fund on behalf of the Scottish Government.

It is one of a range of initiatives that have been announced to support individuals and communities during the recovery period.  Those people who have registered are now receiving application forms which need to be completed and submitted, including photographic and/or documentary evidence of the flooding. Anyone who has not yet registered is being encouraged to do so.

The grants are available to households, businesses or community groups (such as rugby clubs) to reimburse the costs of not receiving the usual council services as a result of being out of the home; had trading disrupted; and to enable householders and businesses to protect their home or business against future floods.  Only those households and businesses which were directly affected by the flooding during the period 4 – 6 Dec 2015, 29-31 December 2015 and 6-8 January 2016 are eligible to apply for the grant.

Additional grant support of £3,000 is also available to businesses which can demonstrate that their ability to trade has been severely impacted by the flooding at the beginning of January. The grant will be a one-off payment to offset costs which cannot be covered by existing insurance, for example clean-up costs, materials and exceptional costs to help the business restore trade, such as marketing and promotion.

Anyone who wishes to apply should register by emailing floodrelief@aberdeenshire.gov.uk including full name and/or business name, postal address and daytime contact number.

For more information click HERE

 

Foundation Scotland

Aberdeenshire Council is supporting a Flood Recovery Appeal set up by Foundation Scotland who will distribute funds raised.  The Aberdeenshire Fund has launched with over £50k already committed from Shell UK Ltd and other individual Foundation Scotland clients. All funds raised will help local communities.  The Foundation will distribute funds to support individuals and community organisations as they begin to recover from the effects of recent flooding.  It is hoped that existing funding streams can also be channelled through the Foundation Scotland Appeal, such as money raised by local community groups, donations pages and local bucket-shaking fundraising events.

Grants will be available to:

Individuals and Families – Grants up to £500 are available to households for costs relating to clean-up; emergency repairs; clothing; food and drink; heating costs/equipment; child care equipment and basic furniture. Other costs can also be claimed for if they relate directly to hardship caused by the flooding and storms.

Funds will be prioritised towards those in households with:

  • People over 70 years of age
  • Children under 5
  • People with physical or learning disabilities or mental health needs (e.g. receiving Disability Living Allowance, Carer’s allowance, Disablement benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, or Attendance Allowance
  • People on low incomes (e.g. receiving housing benefit, universal credit, working tax credit)

Grants for Voluntary and Community Groups – These grants are targeted at groups providing immediate support to people affected and who are also working on longer term community rebuilding projects. Funding is also available for organisations with premises which have been affected by flood damage.

Those wishing to apply for funds can do so at: https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/flood-recovery-appeal/apply-for-funding/

This fund is entirely separate from the recently announced Scottish Government Relief Fund. Anyone interested in applying to the government fund should email floodrelief@aberdeenshire.gov.uk to register and receive an application form.

For more information click HERE

 

Hope Floats

From the Hope Floats Facebook Latest Update for Ballater area – Aboyne area on FB page of St Thomas’ Aboyne. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1709854219245427/

The E.ON Energy Fund has been set up to help customers of any energy company who are struggling to pay their bills.

“Residents affected by the recent floods could get help with the replacement of boilers and multiple white goods from the E.ON Energy Fund. E.ON Energy Fund applicants are usually limited to claiming for one appliance per household – either a fridge, freezer, washing machine or cooker. However, E.ON is offering eligible people whose homes have been recently flooded multiple white goods in order to provide them with a little extra help. As part of the energy company’s commitment to helping people with their energy bills they have now extended the fund to offer support to those who suffered during the Christmas floods. The E.ON Energy Fund is open to all energy customers, regardless of their supplier, and people who are eligible could also receive support with the payment of energy debt. To apply for funding: To access the simple application form for the E.ON Energy Fund, visit http://www.eonenergyfund.com/ or telephone 03303 80 10 90. People who’ve suffered as a result of recent flooding should state ‘FLOOD APPLICATION’ on the free text box of the application form and apply.”

Round Table GRANTS

Contact Andy Clegg, Round Table Chairman email: inveruriert@hotmail.co.uk


Advice

Aberdeenshire Council

Aberdeenshire Council – general flood relief matters.  If you have been flooded and need someone to speak to at Aberdeenshire Council contact: Jill Sowden, Community Planning Officer, jill.sowden@aberdeenshire.gov.uk Tel: 01467 628338, Mobile 07979 708799

Aberdeenshire Council – disposal of furniture, or materials damaged by the flood, please contact: Nom Wright, Community Waste Officer – Garioch Depot, Souterford Road, Inverurie, AB51 0TP, Tel: 01467 627360, Mob: 07836 766444

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Scottish Flood Forum

Scottish Flood Forum Drop In Sessions

Paul Hendy, Operations Director of  Scottish Flood Forum, will be holding personal drop in one-to-one consultations with flood victims.   Scottish Flood Forum work together with key agencies and the voluntary sector to provide advice, support and guidance on all aspects of flood recovery.

The drop- in session will take place  in Friendship Room, Kemnay Village Hall, 8 Aquithie Rd, Kemnay, on the following dates:

Thursday 28 January: 9am – 12 noon

Thursday 04 February: 9am – 12 noon

Thursday 11 February: 9am – 12 noon

Thursday 18 February: 9am – 12 noon

Anyone affected by flooding within Kemnay is invited to come along between these times.

More details in pdf file here: SFF Proposed Recovery Strategy (Drop-in Centre) ADC 2 1 16

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Hope Floats

From the Hope Floats Facebook Latest Update for Ballater area – Aboyne area on FB page of St Thomas’ Aboyne. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1709854219245427/

The E.ON Energy Fund has been set up to help customers of any energy company who are struggling to pay their bills.

“Residents affected by the recent floods could get help with the replacement of boilers and multiple white goods from the E.ON Energy Fund. E.ON Energy Fund applicants are usually limited to claiming for one appliance per household – either a fridge, freezer, washing machine or cooker. However, E.ON is offering eligible people whose homes have been recently flooded multiple white goods in order to provide them with a little extra help. As part of the energy company’s commitment to helping people with their energy bills they have now extended the fund to offer support to those who suffered during the Christmas floods. The E.ON Energy Fund is open to all energy customers, regardless of their supplier, and people who are eligible could also receive support with the payment of energy debt. To apply for funding: To access the simple application form for the E.ON Energy Fund, visit http://www.eonenergyfund.com/ or telephone 03303 80 10 90. People who’ve suffered as a result of recent flooding should state ‘FLOOD APPLICATION’ on the free text box of the application form and apply.”

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