Mole Valley District Council is offering council tax support to certain residents who have had to vacate their homes due to the recent floods.

The authority has announced it will provide financial support through a discretionary hardship provision fund for some residents whose household insurance does not cover flooding.

The council will consider granting a discount equivalent to its element of the council tax bill, approximately 10 per cent, for the period the property is empty.

The deal is subject to remedial works taking place to make it habitable again up to a maximum of twelve months.

Council leader Chris Townsend said: “Mole Valley District Council is sympathetic to the circumstances that those residents affected by the floods are experiencing.

"We are committed to doing as much as we can to support our communities through what has been a challenging period for the district."

Flooded properties in Mole Valley that are substantially emptied of furniture are usually given a council tax holiday of 28 days.

If the property remains furnished but the resident moves to alternative accommodation, they are still liable to pay council tax at the full amount - and could potentially be liable for council tax at both addresses.

Coun Townsend said: "This is where insurance companies should step in, but if not, MVDC can help."

Each case will be considered on its own merits.

For more information, call Mole Valley District Council's revenue section on 01306 879293.