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Local MP calls for more assistance for Knaresborough flood victims

MP Andrew Jones visiting victims of the floods in Knaresborough.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones has called for more support for the victims of flooding in Knaresborough.

Last Monday (6th May) saw an unexpected downpour of two inches of rain in less than an hour, flooding around 50 properties in Knaresborough.

And earlier this week, North Yorkshire Council officers, members of the Knaresborough Town Council response teams and the Two Ridings Community Foundation met with Andrew Jones and flood victims to learn more about the help being provided to residents.

During the visit, Mr Jones learnt about the financial support already being offered to affected households and said he would support North Yorkshire Council as they look at what further support can be given.

He said:

 “I am grateful to Minister Moore for taking the time to come to Knaresborough to meet local response teams and the council officers helping to rebuild following last week’s severe rainfall.

The council are giving £500 to affected households and are looking at whether they can also offer council tax and business rate relief too".

Mr Jones added:

“This recognises that residents are going through a difficult time and insurance will not cover all of the expenses incurred. Moving themselves and their families to alternative accommodation, lost earnings, longer travel to and from work, schools and family; all these need to be taken into account.

That is why I am backing moves to give council tax and business rate relief to help people get back on their feet.”

Minister Moore thanked the emergency service teams and the community’s response following the flood.

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