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London council calls on Flood Re to expand coverage

June 17, 2022

Westminster Council has called on UK government reinsurer Flood Re to be expanded due to its ‘restrictive criteria’ making it unavailable to private renters or properties with four flats or more.

As reported by London’s Evening Standard newspaper, the council says that the scheme is currently ‘insufficient’. It says that it was the borough most affected by flooding in 2021 and out of 2,100 weather-related flooding incidents in the UK capital, 253 of them were in Westminster—70 more than in any other borough.

Geoff Barraclough, council cabinet member for planning and economic development, made reference to the floods of July 2021.

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