Flood Fund Transparency

When we agreed to open a flood fund for Bentley, we said that we would be as transparent as possible about where the money came from and how it was spent.  This page is where we are sharing public information about the money that has been given to date.  If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Where has the money come from?

This table shows how much was donated each day.  Individual donations are not split out (except where there was only one donation on a given day) to protect people’s privacy as much as possible.  As of 13th March 2020, the total donated is £45,321.78.  We have paid credit/debit card fees of £134.12 which leaves £45,187.66 for distribution.

DateNumber of donations Total donatedCredit/debit card feesTotal after feesRunning Total of donationsNotes
13/11/201915£10,520.00£10.39£10,509.61£11,900.94Includes donation of £10,000 from Persimmon Homes
18/12/20191£257.70£10.76£246.94£32,949.27Paid in via Thyngs (higher charges)

Where has the money gone?

When we set up the Flood Fund we said the Church would not take anything for administration and that the funds would prioritise those without insurance.  We would focus on essential white goods, and flooring.  We have also been helping people with the extra costs of energy because of having to have the heating on more or dehumidifiers to dry their homes.  We have tried to keep our application process simple because the day to day administration is being done by one volunteer working with the Vicar.  The Panel who consider the applications includes the Vicar and two members of the Parochial Church Council (PCC).  The PCC is the Church’s board of trustees and is ultimately legally responsible for the funds raised and how they are spent.

We held our first panel on the 30th November, with the intention of spending a quarter of the income received.  This was approximately £5,900.  We agreed to buy beds for those at Willow Bridge and fridges for everyone who applied.  That evening the Council announced that white goods we available through the Community Support Hubs, working with Doncaster Flood Distribution Centre.  We decided to work with the council and DFDC.  Every application for white goods made to us was turned into a referral to DFDC and we paid for items that DFDC did not have, mostly from Re:furnish.  All the items we paid for were new.  This was not an easy process, and keeping track of what we were paying for and what had and hadn’t been delivered was interesting to say the least.  We only received the invoice for these items on 5th February.  Until this point we only had estimated prices.

We are now helping people with flooring now that more homes are dry.  Most of the money allocated to flooring below is ‘committed’.  That is, we have agreed to provide flooring for the household concerned, but, obviously, the carpet can’t be laid until the house is dry.  As the bills come in, we are updating these figures with the actual amount spent.

Most recently we have added a small grants scheme for up to £100 for things which are urgent.  These are things like a microwave if you are having to live upstairs, or a travel card if you are in temporary accommodation and have extra travel costs as a result.

We have worked hard to manage expectations of what can be achieved with the money we have received.  If we had split it between every affected property each person would have received around £100 (and money is still coming in, although much more slowly, so it would have been difficult to say how much we should give to each person).  We have not got everything right, we are only human.  Even if we had managed to get everything right, people would disagree!

StreetsApplications receivedHow many led to a payment?How many did not lead to a payment?
Frank Road and Conyers Road27261
Cromwell Road, Marsh Road, Chadwick Road, Wrightson Terrace and Ings Road36315
Bentley Road, Hunt Lane and Yarborough Terrace33321
Riviera Parade and Mount and Willow Bridge Caravan Site311912
Scawthorpe, Daw Lane and those who have been permanently rehoused22148

This table shows how many of the applications we have received came from each area.  We have grouped streets because sometimes only one person in a street applied, or only one person received a payment and we don’t want to cause guessing or judging which could be unhelpful.  There are a number of reasons why an application might not have resulted in a payment.  It could be because the person withdrew, sourced items elsewhere, was no longer living in the property they were claiming for or had all their needs supplied by DFDC.  A number of those applications were for help with excesses.  As yet we haven’t made any payments towards people’s excesses.  We know this is an area where we have caused confusion and bad feeling and we are sorry.

StreetsNumber of households helpedEnergy costsWhite Goods and BedsFlooringUrgent items (under £100)Total spent/committed
Frank Road and Conyers Road26£1,725.00£1,070.62£4,476.00£237.94£7,509.56
Cromwell Road, Marsh Road, Ings Road, Wrightson Terrace and Chadwick Road31£2,221.00£251.48£2,304.00£31.50£4,807.98
Bentley Road, Hunt Lane and Yarborough Terrace33£2,771.00£465.78£2,590.00£59.94£5,886.72
Riviera Parade and Mount and Willow Bridge19£474.00£2,443.31£2,405.70£0.00£5,323.01
Scawthorpe, Daw Lane and those permanently rehoused.14£725.00£167.64£3,523.92£0.00£4,416.56

This table shows where we have spent, or committed to spend money from the Flood Fund and what it has been spent on.

We offered £49 to people who were not receiving help with their energy costs related to drying their homes.  Those who were receiving help were offered £25 towards the extra costs of keeping heating on etc.  This was (and remains) open to those who are insured or uninsured and the amounts were tripled this week to £75 and £150.  The figure for Willow Bridge is lower.  They received help with refill gas canisters through another charity.  We helped get that scheme in place, but the funds were provided by Doncaster Community Development.

We bought white goods to supplement those on offer from Doncaster Flood Distribution Centre and beds for those on Willow Bridge who requested them.

We have committed to helping people with carpet and vinyl when their houses are dry.  This scheme is still open and provides carpet, underlay and fitting to affected rooms with no additional costs to pay.

There are still considerable amounts of money left in the flood fund and we are consulting with the community about what is needed next.

This page was last updated on Saturday 14th March and is due to be updated again on Friday 20th March 2020.