Flood resilience needs to be normalised
Industry comes together to produce an Action Plan to improve the take up and confidence in property level resilience solutions
The Property Flood Resilience Action Plan, published in September 2016 at the same time as the wider National Flood Resilience Review, is the culmination of work carried out by a ‘Roundtable’ task group representative of the charity, insurance, loss adjusting, business services, products, legal, surveying and flood recovery industries.
Commissioned in late 2015 by the then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs Rory Stewart, the Roundtable has been chaired by Dr Peter Bonfield, chief executive of BRE.
The flooding challenge and the government response
The past 10 years has witnessed significant flood events, with major incidents in 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2013/14. December 2015 was the wettest December on record, resulting in floods that effected 17,000 properties, including 4,000 businesses in north of England. As late as September 2016, more than 2000 householders have been unable to return to their homes and 700 businesses are still not fully operational.
The government has already invested over £250m as part of the support package of up to £5,000 grants available to affected properties through local authorities; a further £2.5bn has been committed to paying for 1,500 new flood defence schemes to better protect 300,000 homes by 2021. The new Flood Re scheme to assist home owners get access to insurance.