Last month key commentators from the flooding industry, including representatives from the Environment Agency, DEFRA, Jewson and MP Mary Creagh, gathered at an event hosted by UK Flood Barriers and Jewson, to debate the key issues affecting the UK following the increase in floods in the last 12 months. The debate took many different turns with key issues being highlighted as:
THE NEED FOR LEGISLATION
The recent sustainability agenda from the Government has concentrated on carbon reduction and energy efficiency, but making homes more flood resilient must be taken into consideration. If the building industry embraces flood protection, homeowners will become more aware of the options available to them, meaning more homes protected from flooding. Should legislation surrounding the standard of flood protection for homes be introduced.
A CLEAR PATH TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE INSURANCE
In July the Government’s grant subsiding insurers for flood protection on homes comes to an end, this could mean a hike in insurance premiums for hundreds of thousands of homeowners across the UK. For every £1 spent on flood resilience £7 is saved in the clean-up process from flooding, therefore Sarah Marriott, UK Flood Barriers argued, stating “there should be a stronger link…between flood defending or making your property more resilient and being able to have a reduced premium or excess.”
PUBLIC AWARENESS IS VITAL FOR CHANGE
Homeowners need to be educated about what is available to them for flood protection, if their home is on a flood plain and where they can go to find out about flooding risks. It was agreed that a high profile public awareness campaign was needed.