We have been asked to bring the below petition to the attention of all of our clients and candidates within insurance, as well as anyone else who is affected by issues relating to flooding.
The Team at Aston Charles...
Dear flood group member,
I thought that it might be helpful to provide a quick update on how the Flood Risk Insurance negotiations are progressing.
You will be aware that discussions have been going on for at least 2 years now, but they have now reached a critical point. Reports in the press that Government and the insurance industry see things rather differently are right; the two sides are still talking to each other, but negotiations are only edging forward. At the end of the day, ministers will have to make a decision about which of the various models will form the framework. Discussions and consultations will then be needed to ensure that people at risk of flooding are supported as fully as possible. It will be really important to get the detail right.
We have been very actively involved in discussions with both parties, particularly over the last few weeks. We have been emphasising the need for a framework that provides insurance that is readily available, that is affordable and which protects the vulnerable in society; insurance that is socially just. We have also been emphasising that decisions need to be taken quickly so that preparations can be made before the Statement of Principles, the agreement governing flood risk insurance for households and small businesses in the UK, comes to an end in June 2013. Finally, we have been proactively discussing how some of the barriers to progress might be overcome.
Over the last few weeks we have:
On Monday we are holding a Parliamentary Briefing for MPs in the Palace of Westminster to ensure that they understand the arguments about the need for a new framework quickly and encourage them to place pressure on ministers. Alan Bell from Morpeth Flood Group will be presenting the Morpeth Model.
On Tuesday we will attending and participating in the All Party Group on Flood Protection, where Richard Benyon MP will be questioned by MPs.
We will continue to put pressure on for a quick decision that provides a comprehensive framework. We will also work to ensure that whatever system is put in place provides comprehensive flood risk insurance at an affordable price for as many people as possible. You can help by signing the petition and by ensuring that your MP is kept fully aware of how important this issue is.
If you have any queries or comments, do please contact me.
Chief Executive National Flood Forum
Old Snuff Mill Warehouse Park Lane Bewdley Worcestershire DY12 2EL
0777 3355 181
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