New flood relief insurance to help those in Adur

Lib Dem candidate Jemima Bland
Lib Dem candidate Jemima Bland

NEW flood relief insurance could benefit homeowners in Adur.

Jemima Bland, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for East Worthing and Shoreham, supports Government plans to encourage cost-effective insurance for houses in high-risk flood areas.

If passed, the Bill could help those in Mash Barn and Lancing who suffered flooding last Christmas.

The Adur Local Plan says that flood risk is “a significant issue in Adur due to its coastal location and the river Adur bisecting the district”.

Areas marked out as having a ‘high probability of flooding’ include a large part of the open land between Lancing and Shoreham as well as parts of Shoreham town centre.

The Water Bill has now received its second reading in the House of Commons.

The unique feature of the Bill is that it will provide a flood fund, not for profit, which will be managed by the insurance industry.

Therefore, the fund could help 500,000 homeowners in flood-risk areas to get affordable insurance which they may not be able to 
get elsewhere.

The insurance will be directly linked to council tax bands, therefore, a household in council tax band A or B property will pay no more than £210 per year.

Jemima Bland said: “This move is welcome news for existing householders.

“But it doesn’t alter the fact that it’s crazy for the Adur District Council to be planning 600 houses at New Monks Farm, much of which carries the highest probability of flooding.”

A recent statement by the National Flood Forum said: “Flood Reports will allow many more people to access affordable flood risk insurance as part of their household insurance than are able to do at present. In doing so, it will provide much better support to people who do flood.

“As well as the financial impact of flooding, it will help to mitigate the trauma and stress to those it affects.”