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After the summer flooding difficulties ahead for owners of properties in areas at risk to flooding

15th October 2007 - For Immediate Release

It was reported in the national press on the 11th October that Prime Minister Gordon Brown faced a row with insurers over threats to leave many households without insurance as a result of failure of the Government to invest more public money in flood defences.

The ABI (Association of British Insurers) had issued a statement on Tuesday 9th October saying, "Government spending for the next three years is less than we were asking for, even before the floods. It does not begin to address the major issues, including drainage, which were highlighted this summer. The Government will have to increase spending substantially as needs are identified by the Pitt review team."

"Today's announcement of the next three years' spending on flood defences shows that the Government has completely failed to grasp the importance of improving Britain's flood defences in the wake of the devastating floods across the UK."

This followed The Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling announcing that spending between 2008-2009 and 2010-2011 would total £2.15bn - an increase of £800 million.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown told MPs that that there were very small differences with the insurance industry and that the Government was doing everything it could to improve flood defences. The Government has acknowledged that it will take some years for these flood defence improvements to be put in place.

The former Home Secretary, David Blunkett attacked the insurance industry during Wednesday 10th October Prime Minister's Questions by saying "It will lead people to conclude that the industry wishes to remove any commercial risk to their own profits and place that risk instead on current and future policy holders"

jml insurance.co.uk works the Delite Insurance Agency from Kent. Neil Cook of Delite Insurance has commented on the press coverage. "whilst there is general panic and confusion being mentioned in the press about the government and insurers concerns we are able to give each property due consideration and will often provide flood cover where others cannot" Further information can be found at www.jml-insurance.co.uk

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Below is a selection of news items taken from

 

More flooding in the South of France kills 3

Following the G20 Summit in Cannes the weather turned bad and three deaths have so far been reported in the neighbouring département the Var. Apparently a homeless German was found dead on Saturday 5th November and a couple aged in their 70s from Bagnols-en-Forêt were found dead in the early hours of Sunday 6th November. - Find out more on this Here November 2011 | Back to top

Double Whammy for Flood Victims

On the 17th November 2010, the day that Cornwall has experienced severe flooding. The BBC News websit is running a story this evening "Cornwall floods force evacuation of more than 100 homes" More than 100 homes have been evacuated after floods and gale-force winds caused disruption across Cornwall. People were trapped in their cars and homes by the rising floodwaters, which reached up to 6ft (2m) deep in places. St Blazey, St Austell, Mevagissey and Lostwithiel were the worst hit areas. The Met Office said a further 10mm (0.4in) of rain could fall overnight. Neil an insurance brooker who specialises in assisting those with properties in flood areas has sent this information: More on this Here November 2010 Back to top

More flooding in the south of France

Heavy rain has hit the south of France again this weekend. Today 1st November, Nice Matin reported that 50 inhabitants at Villeneuve-Loubet were evacuated because of the risk of flooding. Part of Cagnes sur Mer was also affected. The A8 exit for Villeneuve Loubet (47) has had to be closed More on this Here November 2010 Back to top

Flood Line Action Groups – Help is here

Fear not if the rising cost of flood insurance is giving you sleepless nights. The flooded area / flood affected insurance Expert Neil Cook of Equity and General Insurance Services is able to provide affordable premiums for property or business owners in the worst affected areas of the country and also in the flood plains. They obtain cover where others fail and substantial savings over existing insurers with cover provided by Lloyds of London. No matter how large your claim was or what your personal circumstances are, including those with criminal convictions, they promise to help you and include an unconditional guarantee to pass the policy onto any future buyer of the property. More information Here October 2010 Back to top

Insurance expert helps a lady in Ulverston, Cumbria

Insurance expert Neil Cook helped a lady in Ulverston who had been flooded. She lives in a typical terraced house and the brokers were able to arrange to insure her for less than £500. She mentioned that her neighbour had received a renewal quotation of £8,000 for a similar sized house and another neighbour £18,000. How can a normal family possibly afford to pay such a vast percentage of their annual income in insurance? More information Here October 2010 Back to top

Insurance advice following storms in France this week

LA tempête Xynthia, which ripped through south west France during Saturday 27th February and Sunday morning 28th February 2010, has been declared a catastrophe naturelle by Prime Minister François Fillon. This means insurance companies are obliged to take into account flood damage and the government will publish details of the areas covered in the next 48 hours. Property insurance company Intasure have asked owners of properties damaged by the storm winds that hit south west France to contact them so that any claims can be processed. Intasure are asking policy holders to take photographs of the damage that has been caused and to get written quotes for the work required. More information Here March 2010 Back to top

Insuring homes at risk from flooding

Following on from the recent severe flooding in the Lake District, there was an interesting article in a a UK newspaper on the 23rd November entitled "In need of cover insuring homes at risk".More than half a million homes have been built in areas regarded as being at serious risk of flooding and up to a million more could be constructed by 2020. More Information here November 2009 Back to top

Flood affected Property in the UK

The ABI and British Government have an agreement to ensure that flood insurance remains widely available. BIBA has welcomed this but believes that there are still properties that will be excluded from this agreement and will need specialist advice from an insurance broker. More information August 2008 Back to top

Flash Floods Hit Ireland on Saturday 9th August 2008

The equivalent to a month's average rain fell in parts of Dublin. Met Éireann said that in the 24-hour period from midnight Friday until midnight Saturday 76.2mm of rain was recorded at Dublin Airport, a new record for August. The previous record was 73mm which was noted in 1986 associated with Hurricane Charlie. In the north of the capital Drumcondra and Swords and in the south of the city Firhouse and Knocklyon had severe flooding. More information August 2008 Back to top

Agreement on Flood Insurance is good news for customers - ABI - Government statement

The ABI (Association of British Insurers) and the Government have reached agreement that ensures flood insurance remains widely available now and in the long term. The Government and the Association of British Insurers (ABI) agree on the importance of managing the risk from flooding to people and property. As the floods of 2007 demonstrated, flooding can have devastating impacts: it can cause loss of life, displace thousands of people, and can cause major economic and social dislocation.More information July 2008 Back to top

Public demand more action to reduce flooding - UK opinion research published by the ABI- Association of British Insurers

One year on from 2007's devastating floods three-quarters of people think that not enough is being done to tackle flooding, according to opinion research published today by the ABI (Association of British Insurers). Improving drainage is seen as the number one priority. There is also widespread support for the Government's target of three million new homes by 2020 to be reduced if it would lead to more homes at risk of flooding. More information June 2008 Back to top

Flash floods hit west of England 29th May 2008 - The ABI have issued advice

Half of Somerset was hit by flooding on Thursday night after a bout of torrential storms. Fire crews tackling flood emergencies in Somerset said it was their "busiest night in living history.The ABI (Association of British Insurers) has issued advice to property owners who have suffered flood damage following flash floods in the West Country. More information May 2008 Back to top

ABI (Association of British Insurers): Flood resilience kitemark needed for new homes

ABI : Flood resilience kitemark needed for new homes Monday, 07 April 2008 A new flood resilience kitemark is needed for housing developments planned in the floodplain, the ABI (Association of British Insurers) said today. The voluntary kitemark would set minimum construction standards, such as the use of water-resistant building materials. Speaking today at the EXPO CO2 conference in Barcelona.More information April 2008 Back to top

Unsaleable, Uninsurable, Uninhabitable – Tougher Planning Controls Needed for New Homes says the ABI

Tougher planning controls are needed if flood insurance is to remain widely available for new homes the ABI (Association of British Insurers) said today (14 February). Of the three million new homes the Government plan to be built by 2010, a third will be on the floodplain. More information here February 2008 Back to top

Insurance companies face large claims following the June floods in Britain

Britains two major insurance companies Norwich Union owned by Aviva which is the world's fifth-largest insurance group and the biggest in the UK and Royal & SunAlliance are waiiting on claims in excess of £230 million. The Royal & SunAlliance stated in their press release of the 5th July 2007 "Royal & SunAlliance Insurance Group plc announces an estimate of £55m, net of reinsurance recoveries, for claims arising from the recent flood event in the North of England. More information here July 2007 Back to top

Insurers dealing with claims as quickly as possible says the ABI

Insurance companies are dealing with policyholders who have been hit by the latest floods as quickly as possible the ABI (Association of British Insurers) said on the 23rd July 2007 in their press relase. Insurers already have emergency plans in place to deal with these floods, and will pull out all the stops to help policyholders. Their main priority is to arrange emergency repairs, get people into temporary accommodation where needed and visit properties as soon as they can.More information here July 2007 Back to top

Build new homes for the future not to flood says the ABI - UK Property

New housing developments must be built away from flood - prone areas to ensure that flood insurance continues to remain widely available and competitively priced, the ABI (Association of British Insurers) said today.

Responding to today’s publication of the Government Housing Green Paper, Nick Starling, the ABI’s Director of General Insurance and Health, said: “We need new homes. But they must be built in the right place and to the right design. The devastation caused by the recent floods shows the importance of planning for the future. “We need a fresh approach to house building to take account of the increasing risk of flooding and to ensure sustainable communities. New homes should not be built in high-risk areas of the floodplain. They must be planned and designed with flooding in mind, with greater use of flood-resilient building materials.” The ABI is the trade association for Britain’s insurance industry. Its nearly 400 member companies provide over 91% of the insurance business in the UK. It represents insurance companies to the Government, and to the regulatory and other agencies, and is an influential voice on public policy and financial services issues. ABI member companies hold up to a sixth of all investments traded on the London Stock Exchange, on behalf of millions of pensioners and savers. July 2007 Back to top

Are you prepared for a wet and windy winter? Flooding in the summer in the UK?

In October 2005 thousands of people in northern England, Wales and Scotland faced a miserable weekend mopping up their homes after severe flooding. Those people are unlikely to be the last victims of water damage. In a report published on 12th October 2005 by the Environment Agency (EA) that nearly 5 million people in England and a further 2 million in Wales live in areas at risk from flooding. Two fifths of those affected have no idea they are vulnerable the Government agency has warned.

The Met Office has predicted that the 2005/06 winter will be the coldest since 1995/96.If you have a rental property that you let out, is it insured fully? CLICK HERE for more information. October 2005 Back to top

Flooding Dangers being Ignored -UK

The chief excecutive of the Environment Agency, Lady young says some local authorities keep ignoring the agency's advice by granting planning permission for developments on flood plains.Properties are being built in areas that are at a serious risk of flooding.

Lady Young is demanding tougher powers to deal with Councils and will name and shame the worst offenfers. She says "What surprises me is that having consulted the flood risk experts at the agency, local authorities are prepared to put people's property and lives at risk by allowing development in the flood plain".

It has been estimated that as many as 5 million people in 2 million homes are in areas at risk of flood.October 2005 Back to top

 


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