Steve calls on Ministers to secure insurance coverage for flood-risk properties in Birmingham before it’s too late

Steve is calling on Ministers to bring insurance companies back to the table, and secure an insurance scheme for flood-risk properties before the current scheme runs out next July.


Steve’s call follows Environment Agency flood warnings for Sunday and Monday along the River Rea; which runs from the south of the constituency through Stirchley, Ten Acres and Selly Park towards Edgbaston.


Billesley residents living near the River Cole were warned about potential flooding on Sunday. The Environment Agency lifted the warning on Monday morning.


With the recent flash floods in Selly Oak and Stirchley, and this week’s disastrous flooding in the South West in mind; Steve is calling on Ministers to work constructively with insurers and ensure a long-term solution is secured for those residents living in flood-prone properties.


Recent talks between the government and insurers broke down last week after ministers refused to consider financing an overdraft facility for the first few years of the scheme to help it get off the ground.


Steve said:


“The last thing people living in flood-prone areas need is a breakdown of talks between the government and insurers over the issue of flooding insurance.

“Both insurers and the government need to knock heads together, put forward reasonable and affordable proposals, and work together in the best interests of residents before the current regime expires next July.


“Time is running out.”

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