Last month Twickenham Labour Parliamentary candidate Nick Grant met with the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the UK’s insurance trade body, to talk to them about flooding and general insurance issues affecting the Twickenham constituency.
Many people living along the Thames in Twickenham, Teddington and Hampton Wick are affected by flood risk. Indeed, even people living farther from the river may find that insurance companies consider their properties to be at risk and charge them more for their policies as a result.
At present, properties around Twickenham riverside are deemed ‘High Risk’, with large parts of Teddington and Hampton Wick designated ‘Medium Risk’. Across the UK one in six properties are at risk of flood, and up to half a million homes cannot obtain insurance either at a reasonable price or at all.
Nick was keen to talk to the ABI about these issues and to understand what can be done to help local people protect their properties and ensure their insurance policies are appropriate for their needs.
Nick said: “As a St Margarets resident, I am well aware that obtaining buildings insurance in the area can be problematic due to the proximity of both the Thames and the Crane.
"We need to work more closely with insurers to help them provide appropriate policies for residents. We also need to ensure that the Environment Agency receives sufficient funding to protect our communities, an issue I will fight for if voted Labour MP for Twickenham.”
More information for residents who want to protect their homes from flood risk can be found here.