Floods and water

Local flood relief

We’ve launched a local flood relief scheme that offers financial support to Rutland households affected by Storm Babet or Storm Henk.

This scheme offers a 100% Council Tax discount for up to three months if you were forced to leave your home because flooding from these storms made the property unliveable. 

The property affected must be your main place of residence. Empty homes, second homes and holiday lets are not eligible.

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Please note

You must meet certain conditions to qualify for this funding and applications must be made by 15 March 2024.

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About this scheme

Our locally-funded flood relief scheme offers:

  • a Council tax discount of 100% for a maximum period of three months (1 January to 31 March 2024)

  • if you are eligible, a credit will be applied to your Council Tax account

  • if your account is in credit, a refund will be made to the taxpayer

  • if you don’t pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, we will contact you for bank details

  • if your account is in debit, the credit will be applied to the account to reduce the sum owed. If the debt exceeds the award after the credit is applied the reduced sum remains payable

  • only one discount will be awarded to an affected property

We can’t provide temporary accommodation to house families displaced by flood water.


You must meet the following conditions to qualify for locally-funded flood relief:

  • the domestic property, subject to paying Council Tax, was internally flooded between 16 and 26 October 2023 because of Storm Babet, or between 2 and 12 January 2024 because of Storm Henk

  • the property was considered unliveable for more than 48 hours

  • applications must be made by 15 March 2024. We can’t consider any applications after this date 

  • the property must be the main home of the residents

  • second homes, empty homes and holiday lets are not eligible

  • businesses (rated properties) are not eligible

  • flooding of gardens, garages and outbuildings is not eligible

Unliveable means key services like water, sewerage and power supplies were affected and there was significant damage to the property, leading you to vacate for more than 48 hours.

Make an application

We are already contacting households known to have been affected by Storm Henk flooding, so they can submit information and evidence to apply for a Council Tax discount.

If you’re not already in touch with us about storm flooding inside your property and would like to apply for this Council Tax discount, please email: enquiries@rutland.gov.uk or call: 01572 722 577

Evidence can include photographs of internal flood damage, estimates from insurance companies of completion of remedial works and other correspondence with your insurer.

We may inspect properties to check on validity of an application and remedial work in progress. 

If your application is refused, you can submit an appeal in writing. This will be considered and a decision made within 14 days of the appeal being received. This decision will be final. 

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