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ABI responds to new NAO report on strategic flood risk management

The National Audit Office (NAO) today published a new report on strategic flood risk management.

Responding to the report, Aidan Kerr, Assistant Director of Property at the Association of British Insurers, said:

“The NAO’s findings show that in order for the Government to better protect UK households and businesses from flooding, they need to increase investment in flood defences, maintenance and risk management in urban areas to keep pace with climate change.

“The most effective way to protect against flooding from rivers and the sea is with well-maintained defences, cuts in funding to look after them significantly undermines their effectiveness in protecting millions of people from flooding.

"To better protect the UK against the effects of our changing climate, the Government needs to commit to funding the £500m shortfall between current spending on flood defences and what is needed, as identified by the Committee on Climate Change, and to commit to long term increases in funding for flood risk management with a focus on those areas with the highest chance of flooding.”

Last updated 01/07/2016