Campaigners urge action on flood insurance
E YORKS: The Government is being urged to sort out a new deal for flood insurance as thousands of people in East Yorkshire could end up without cover.
Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart launched a petition last month and has urged more people to add their names to ensure flood insurance remains affordable.
Following the devastating floods of 2007, almost 17,000 homes in Hull could struggle to secure home insurance against flood risk when the Government agreement ends.
Now, the National Flood Forum is urging action.
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Chief executive Paul Cobbing said: "Lord Chris Smith, chairman of The Environment Agency, stated that we need to be much better prepared for both floods and drought.
"But, we still do not have a solution on a framework for flood risk insurance, the single most important thing we can do to protect householders and small businesses."
Government has been negotiating with the insurance industry for well over two years on a new framework to replace the Statement of Principles that runs out in June.