Northern Ireland

Flooding relief scheme: Farms and small businesses now eligible

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill meeting with a farmer in Fermanagh during the floods in January
Image caption Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill meeting with a farmer in Fermanagh during the floods in January

The executive has agreed to set aside £200,000 to help farmers and businesses affected by the winter floods.

The proposal was agreed at an executive meeting on Thursday morning.

It will mean non-domestic properties affected by the flooding will be eligible for a one-off £1,000 payment. It will be paid through local councils.

As well as farms and small businesses, sports facilities, community halls and churches will also be eligible.

A similar scheme is already available for homeowners.

The Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill said it was a "welcome addition" to a package of measures designed to help people affected by the storms.

Small businesses

Only small businesses employing fewer than 25 people can apply.

The business must have been out of use for a fortnight and show a non-insurable loss of at least £1,000.

Farm businesses will include farmyards and land.

Farmland must have been under water for a fortnight and incurred extra cost due to loss of productivity or unplanned reseeding.

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