MP presses Prime Minister over flood compensation

Rescue teams in Whalley.  Photo: Kim Pilling/PA Wire
Rescue teams in Whalley. Photo: Kim Pilling/PA Wire

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has asked the Prime Minister in the House of Commons to make sure that all the victims of the recent flooding in the Ribble Valley are compensated for their losses.

Speaking in Parliament Mr Evans said: “Yesterday I spoke with the Chair of the new insurance scheme Flood Re and I know people who have been hammered by the floods will welcome the fact their premiums will be quashed and they won’t meet eye-watering expenses, but he told me it’s not going to cover any houses built since 2009 and it will not cover businesses either so I ask the Prime Minister to look again at the scheme to ensure it is properly comprehensive.”

I know people who have been hammered by the floods will welcome the fact their premiums will be quashed and they won’t meet eye-watering expenses

MP

Prime Minister David Cameron has given an assurance that the Government is looking carefully at the scheme, particularly on the issue of the businesses.

Speaking during Prime Minister’s Question time in the Commons he said: “What we’ve heard so far is a number of anecdotal stories about small businesses saying it is going to be very difficult to get insurance. Meanwhile the insurance companies are telling us they won’t turn down any small businesses, so we need to get to the bottom of this before we get the final introduction of Flood Re in April this year.”

Speaking after the debate Mr Evans said:“The Flood Re scheme is absolutely welcome, but it is vital the Government provides help to those who look as if they may be excluded from it. The scheme must help as many households as is possible, to ensure people are not left without insurance, and are therefore placed in extremely difficult financial situations during periods of flooding.”

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