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Insurance - Pooling the cost”

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200,000 homes could be left without any flood insurance cover “

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Flood Insurance - Pooling the cost

With no one any clearer as to what will happen in 2013, when the Statement of Principals agreement, between the Government and the ABI, comes to an end, some Flood Action Groups are coming up with their own proposals as to how insurance cover for high risk properties could be funded.

One such group, the Morpeth Flood Action Group (MFAG) has suggested that all residents should contribute to a flood insurance scheme in order to prevent the danger of community blight.

The working group recently came up with a new proposal for a way forward on the issue at national level that expanded


on its original model. The revised plan from members of the Flood Action Group, Morpeth Town Council and the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade involves a pool of money, paid into by the industry and people living in areas most likely to flood. On top of this, additional funding would also be paid into the pool in the form of a

Community Flood Levy paid by all householders.

This would enable high-risk householders, to afford insurance in these areas by only paying a percentage of the premium that they would be responsible for, (assuming no subsidy measures).

The proposal was unanimously

endorsed by the local authority and local Councillor, David Parker, a member of the working group, said,

“The revisions to our proposal were made to accommodate some of the issues raised by the ABI, but the principle of a pooling system as the best way forward remains in place,”

“We’re asking that everyone in the town chips in to help people in high risk areas to afford flood insurance. This is because if there are 500 homes in the town centre which are empty as a result of insurance premiums being too high, it would blight the lives of all Morpeth residents.

“The Government needs to

take some responsibility for this, certainly in terms of setting the framework, and it will give its views on the matter in the spring.”

Under the Morpeth model, the insurance industry as a whole would decide whether the levy would be charged across the board as a flat rate or as a percentage of the complete household insurance premium.

North ward councillor Nic Best said he hoped that the proposal would become national policy, but if not it should at the very least be included in Northumberland County Council’s Local Development Framework.

footprint). The unit is installed, in a manhole, in minutes and is instantly operational whether being fitted for permanent or temporary use. Another advanatge of the unit is that it can be moved between different locations


The unit contains a counterbalance gate that tips when rising water overcomes the weight at it’s base. Once the flush has passed and the flow subsides the gate snaps shut. This cycle will be repeated on average anywhere between 30 to 100 times per day and has the effect of lifting and carrying deposits and debris over considerable distances.

Now you may be thinking that placing a cause problems in restricting flows, for example during storms or other high flow conditions. However, this is not a

problem, as the design allows the gate to lie flat, or in the open, position allowing storm flows to pass unimpeded. Also being situated inside a manhole means that surge flows can flow over or around the


OTHER APPLICATIONS During trials at several water companies a few new areas where Flusher can be deployed have been identified. To extend a pumped section. To improve flows from low flush toilets. To improve flows through undulating pipes

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As well as its main purpose of reducing FOG build up and preventing the conditions for it occurring this action is also good for getting rid of rodents. Replaces Jetting and Rodding. Moving silt to an easier access point.

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