Venue: 007a and b - Civic Office
Public Questions and Statements
(A period not exceeding 20 minutes for questions and statements from
members of the public and Elected Members to the Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones. Questions/Statements should relate specifically to an item of business on the agenda and be limited to a maximum of 100 words. As stated within Executive Procedure Rule 3.3 each person will be allowed to submit one question/statement per meeting.A question may only be asked if notice has been given by delivering it in writing or by e-mail to the Governance Team no later than 5.00 p.m. of the third working day before the day of the meeting. Each question or statement must give the name and address of the person submitting it. Questions/Statements should be sent to the Governance Team, Floor 2, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU, or by email to Democratic.Services@doncaster.gov.uk)
Mayor Ros Jones read out the following question submitted by Councillor Nick Allen:-
“I am pleased reference has been made to a local discount for people who were affected by the recent flooding. I welcome and fully support a council tax discount for homes affected by flooding. I would like to know if this discount will apply to every home affected? How long will the discount last for?”
Mayor Ros Jones gave the following response:-
“We remain fully committed to supporting the people affected by the floods of November 2019. Following a key decision that I took on the 20th November 2019 under Rule 16 for Special Urgency, we will award a 100% Council Tax Discount to all properties where flood water entered the habitable area of the property; or where flood water did not enter the habitable area, but the authority considers the property was unliveable for any period of time.
The Council Tax Discount is awarded for a minimum of 3 months, but will continue for longer whilst anyone is unable to return home as a result of the flooding. Also, where someone is unable to return to their main home, they will receive a 100% parallel Council Tax Discount at any temporary accommodation where they have Council Tax to pay.
So far discounts have been awarded to 685 properties affected by the flooding, with a further 51 parallel discounts awarded on temporary accommodation. The total value of discounts to date is £266,661.54, and we will be reimbursed by Government, for the value of discounts awarded.”
Decision Record Forms from the meeting held on 17 December 2019 for noting (previously circulated)
Decision Record forms dated 17th December, 2019, were noted.