More people could receive funding to help them recover from the floods which caused devastation to large parts of Calderdale.

Funding was made available to support households and businesses after the Boxing Day floods, and so far Calderdale Council has paid over £2 million to properties.

But the rate at which applications have been received is slowing, despite many eligible properties not yet submitting a claim.

The council’s cabinet is considering a number of recommendations to make it easier for affected homes and businesses to apply.

There are a number of grant schemes available, including a Repair and Renew grant of up to £5,000 for work to protect against future flooding.

Buildings need to be assessed before work to look at possible flood protection, but this can be by an insurance loss adjustor, builder or surveyor.

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Residents and businesses are able to apply for funding to cover the cost of an initial assessment to remove the fear of incurring costs if there is no feasible work.

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To further help property owners, it is being proposed that the council commissions surveyors to assist businesses and residents to apply and improve flood resilience.

And the funding could be extended to cover ‘near miss’ properties, which did not suffer damage in the floods, but which are at risk. Up to £5,000 can be claimed to protect these buildings against any future flooding.

Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team in action during the Boxing day floods in 2015

The council has also provided a hardship payment of £500 for affected homes and businesses, and over 1,500 applications have been received for this funding.

Officers are now visiting properties who haven’t applied to encourage residents who were flooded to make a claim.

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And it is being proposed the hardship payment of £500 and the Repair and Renew grant of £5,000 is made available for properties affected by landslips and rubble deposits caused by the floods.

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Cabinet are looking at the possibility of funding a programme of marketing, events and festivals to help affected communities and support the retail and tourism economy in flood hit towns.

Council leader Clr Tim Swift said: “The council is doing all it can to help residents recover from the flooding.

“We want to make sure this funding is available for as many people as possible whose homes or businesses have been devastated by the floods. To try and help, we’re looking at a number of ways that the criteria for these grants can be clarified and extended to help people recover.

“We’ll also be looking at helping communities get back on their feet.”