Property flood resilience (PFR) recovery support scheme

Rebuilding a home or business after it's been affected by flooding is a stressful time with many decisions to make.

The government is making funding available to allow flood-hit homes and businesses to receive up to £5000 (including VAT) to make changes to properties and reduce damage levels if flooding was to reoccur; strengthening their homes and businesses for the future. If flooding should happen again the damage levels should be much lower and it will be much quicker to return back to homes and businesses.

The grant is to fund the additional cost, over the costs of a standard property repair, using materials which are more resistant and resilient to damage from flooding. It can also be used for rearranging the layout of the property; for example, changing the positions of electrical sockets. This is known as property flood resilience (PFR) and they're measures which householders and businesses can install to increase their resilience to flooding.

Examples of PFR include:

  • installing air brick covers;
  • using flood resistant coatings on walls;
  • using flood barriers to stop water coming through doorways.

Details of the scheme

To be eligible for the PFR recovery support scheme properties must have been severely damaged by a flood event between 8 November and 18 November 2019.

Up to £5000 (inclusive of VAT) is available per eligible property to fund measures used to keep water out and/or materials, products and methods to bring a building back into use after flooding.

Eligibility criteria

Properties that have been severely affected by the flooding are eligible for the scheme. This is where:

  • the inside of the property's been flooded and there's been damage to the fabric of the building which needs repair;
  • habitable living or business areas of the property have been damaged by entry of floodwater.

Funding from the scheme does not cover:

  • garages, outhouses and storage areas;
  • second homes;
  • empty homes;
  • basements or cellars that aren't used as part of the habitable or business area of a property.

Examples of measures the scheme covers

  • Professional survey of premises to identify flood risks
  • Air brick covers
  • Self-closing air bricks
  • Sewerage bungs
  • Toilet pan seals
  • Non-return valves (12mm overflow pipe, 110mm soil waste pipe, 40mm utility waste pipe)
  • Silicone gel around openings for cables
  • Water resistant repair mortar
  • Re-pointing external walls with water resistant mortar
  • Waterproofing external walls
  • Replacing sand-cement screeds on solid concrete slabs with dense screed
  • Replacing mineral insulation within walls with closed cell insulation
  • Replacing gypsum plaster with water resistant material, such as lime
  • Sump pump
  • De-mountable door guards
  • Automatic door guards
  • Permanent flood doors
  • De-mountable window guards
  • Replacing ovens with raised, built-under types
  • Replacing chipboard kitchen or bathroom units with plastic units
  • Moving electrics well above likely flood levels
  • Mounting boilers on a wall
  • Moving service meters above likely flood levels
  • Replacing chipboard flooring with treated timber floorboards
  • Replacing floors, including joists, with treated timber to make it water resilient
  • Installing chemical damp-proof course below joist level
  • Replacing timber floors with solid concrete
  • Installing garage or driveway barriers

Arranging for work to be done

If you apply for the scheme (whether you're a property owner, insurance company or other third party), you'll need to make arrangements and enter contracts with external contractors for the works to be done.

We won't undertake any work or contract directly with any external contractors ourselves, but we will need to assess whether your application meets the scheme criteria before any works are carried out.

It's important to make sure that the resilience works proposed are in addition to those that would be covered through the normal insurance process. We encourage you to work with insurers when the property's undergoing repair on robust processes.

Work completed by contractors should meet appropriate standards and be of a high quality; we can provide support to help you avoid any rogue traders.

We'll only award grant funding after the work has been completed to appropriate quality standards, and we might carry out inspections to check the quality of any flood resilience works to make sure the measures agreed and funded have been installed.

How to apply

To apply for the funding you need to complete our claim form below and send it to us by 31 October 2021.

Send your completed form to us either by emailing it to FloodClaims@barnsley.gov.uk or posting it to: Flood resilience, Barnsley MBC, PO Box 14, Westgate, Barnsley, S70 2TA.

What happens next?

  • Receipt of your application will be acknowledged via email. Please ensure you provide a valid email address on your application.
  • Your claim will then be assessed and if it is found to meet the grant eligibility criteria the Council will arrange for a Property Flood Resilience (PFR) survey to be undertaken at your property. The Council will recover up to £500 in survey costs from any grant money awarded for your property.
  • The PFR survey report will be assessed and the Council will notify you if the survey completed is suitable for the scheme.
  • Once you have been notified that the survey has been approved you will then need to obtain two quotes from independent contractors for the work identified within the survey. Two quotes are required to demonstrate value for money, please let us know if you cannot obtain two quotes.
  • Quotes will need to be submitted to the Council and assessed.
  • Once the quotes have been approved you will be notified - you may then appoint a suitably qualified contractor to complete the works on the basis of the approved quote and works outline within the survey.
  • Following completion of the work, a post-completion inspection will be undertaken by the Councils appointed surveyor. This is to ensure work has been done to an acceptable standard. After the inspection has been completed you will be issued with a Flood Risk report.
  • The Council may also carry out spot checks on completed works.
  • The Inspection report, Flood Risk report and invoices need to be addressed and emailed to the Council. Amounts should not exceed £5,000 including VAT.
  • If work is satisfactory, payment from the grant will be made directly to the contractor.

What is it going to cost?

There is no cost to complete the application. If you are eligible for the grant, up to £500 (including VAT) can be used from the grant towards the pre-installation survey and post-completion inspection. This will reduce the balance of the £5,000 (including VAT) that is available for works.  

The surveyor needs to be independent of the contractor completing the works. The Council will recover up to £500 in survey costs from the grant money for your property.

You need to be aware that if the post completion survey (or checks undertaken by the Council) identify that work has not been completed to the required standard, the work will need to be rectified in order to qualify for the grant funding. The cost of further surveys to demonstrate that work meets the required standard will need to be met by the property owner if the original £500 (including VAT) has been exhausted.

Please do not start the work before approval of your application. You will receive notification of the application approval via email. The council is not liable for any expenditure prior to the approval of a grant application.

What if the work quoted is above £5000?

When you get quotes for works from contractors the Council will check that the quote is within the acceptable price bands and includes only eligible resilience measures identified in the survey.

The quotes you obtain need to include only the PFR measures identified. If the quote includes non-PFR measures (like-for-like), you will need to ask the Contractors to provide you with a quote that shows clearly the cost of only the PFR measures identified within your survey. Only PFR measures identified within the survey are eligible to be funded from the grant, up to a maximum of £5,000 including VAT and before the deduction of survey costs.

We understand that property owners may wish to undertake works in excess of £5,000 to put in place PFR measures identified within their survey to offer a greater level of resistance and resilience. The cost of any works in excess of the grant allocation will need to be funded by the property owner. The invoices you submit to the Council for payment cannot exceed the value of the grant allocation and therefore you will need to pay the contractor directly for any works that cannot be funded within the PFR allocation. It may be necessary for invoices from contractors to show a deduction for any amount already paid by the property owner, so that the balance can be met from the grant.