£1,500 for Hawick’s flood victims

Councillor Stuart Marshall.
Councillor Stuart Marshall.

Flood group chief Stuart Marshall has welcomed the announcement that every household, business premises or charity directly affected by the recent floods will receive a grant of £1,500.

New funding of more than £12million will be made available to help areas affected by severe weather across Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today (Saturday).

The funding is in addition to the £4million announced by the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, in his budget statement, bringing the total package of support to over £16 million.

Speaking to the Hawick News tonight (Saturday), Mr Marshall said: “We must now make sure that the grants get to our flood victims without delay.”

The flood grant cash will be passed in the first instance to Scottish Borders Council, whose officials will be tasked with distributing the funding.

Mr Marshall added: “I’ll be contacting SBC first thing on Monday to see how fast those affected will receive the grants.”

In addition to flood relief support, businesses whose ability to trade has been severely affected by flooding will be able to apply for an additional grant of £3,000, funded by the Scottish Government and administered by SBC.