The Department of the Environment has announced a one-off payment scheme of £1,000 for small businesses, recreational and community facilities and places of worship that have suffered severe inconvenience as a result of flooding, during the period 7 November 2015 to 31 January 2016.
The scheme closes to all business applications (including farm businesses) on 30 April 2016.
However all applications relating to farmland should be submitted before the closing date of 16 May 2016
Councils across Northern Ireland have been tasked with administering the scheme on behalf of the Department. The £1,000 payment is a contribution towards practical assistance, and not a compensation payment.
Individual small businesses, recreational and community facilities and places of worship will be eligible for the £1,000 payment where:
- the items would not typically be covered by insurance, and
- the small business employed less than 25 people at the time of the flooding incident, and
- they were able to demonstrate a remedial cost of at least £1,000, and
- they were operating in rateable premises or premises exempt from rates.
Farm businesses will be eligible for the £1,000 payment where their land has been significantly affected by high water levels between 7 November 2015 and 31 January 2016. To be eligible, all of the following criteria must be satisfied:
- Only farmland which is actively farmed, that is included as part of the 2016 Single Application Form (SAF)
- Farmland within specified areas in townlands around Lough Neagh
- Farmland within these specified townlands that was under water for at least 14 days during the period between 7 November 2015 and 31 January 2016, and
- Farm businesses where the area of flooding exceeds 10% or more of the total land actively farmed by the applicant.
Further details of the scheme, application forms, eligibility criteria and list of townlands can be found by clicking here or by contacting the Council’s Environmental Health service on 03000 132 132, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.