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Aylesbury Vale District Council offers tax relief for flood victims

Flooding in Stoke Mandeville Image copyright Kieran Wells
Image caption Several roads in the Aylesbury Vale area, such as Stoke Mandeville, were flooded

Residents forced from properties in south Buckinghamshire due to recent flooding could be exempt from paying council tax or business rates.

Aylesbury Vale District Council said those who have had to move out of houses or business premises can apply for a 100% reduction in the fee.

The exemption is for up to a year or until they return to their property.

A spokesman said the decision had been made due to "special circumstances".

The area has been affected by water from the hills collecting on roads in an area bounded by Aylesbury, Haddenham, Great Missenden and Chesham.

On one night in February, Buckinghamshire Fire Service received nearly 80 calls for help.

An emergency rest centre opened at Stoke Mandeville Stadium for residents evacuated from flooded homes in Aylesbury's Ellen Road.

'Some help'

Aylesbury Vale residents are usually eligible to apply for a 50% council tax reduction if a property has been flood damaged.

The council said it would offer full exemption to homes affected by flood water during January, February and March if it was to such an extent that they could not live there.

Residents must apply to the council to be considered and the reduction is subject to a property inspection.

Council leader Neil Blake said it had been "a difficult time" for residents and businesses.

"By providing council tax and business rate exemptions we can offer some help to those affected," he said.

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