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ABI Flooding investment should not be a sticking plaster in an emergency

Responding to today’s report from the Environmental Audit Committee on Flooding Cooperation across Government, Laura Hughes, property policy adviser at the Association of British Insurers (ABI), said:

Laura Hughes"Taking the politics out of funding decisions about flood defences and flood defence maintenance is the only option if we are to properly protect homes and businesses from the growing threat of flooding. We agree with the committee that communities need to know they are being protected for the long-term by consistent, planned expenditure on vital defences; investment should not be a sticking plaster in an emergency situation.

"Insurers also agree more detail should be collected about how planning decisions are reached in flood risk areas to ensure the UK’s exposure to flood risk isn’t being irresponsibly increased."

For more information, see the ABI’s latest statistics on the clean-up in the wake of December’s floods.


Last updated 01/07/2016