Jo hails progress on Borkwood Court flood relief

Jo has welcomed the installation of a second pump by Bromley Council at Borkwood Court after his visit to the flooded area.

Jo said: "My thoughts are with residents as they try and repair the destruction left by the weather.  I want to thank Bromley Council, and in particular Cllr Colin Smith, deputy leader of Bromley Council, for their swift response."

Yesterday, Jo met insurance industry leaders in Downing Street to discuss how the industry was helping people affected by the floods.

After the meeting with executives representing 60% of the insurance market, Jo said: "We had a positive and constructive meeting with the insurance industry on the steps that they are taking to get people back on their feet as quickly as possible after the flooding, which has been a tragedy for all those affected.

"We are continuing to take action across the board to ensure that everything that can be done is being done.  Insurers have a critical role to play and by working closely together we will continue to ensure that the help and support which people need is available."

The CEOs of Aviva, Direct Line Group, Axa, Lloyds Banking Group and Ageas, along with the Claims Director of RSA and the Association of British Insurers restated their commitment to maintaining the 2008 Statement of Principles on flood insurance until the guaranteed affordable flood insurance scheme, Flood Re, is delivered in 2015.

The Flood Re scheme was agreed between Government and industry last June. The insurance companies assured Ministers that there has been no evidence of insurers raising premiums for flood risk properties in advance of Flood Re starting in 2015.

Photo: Oliver Letwin, (L) Minister for Government Policy, Jo and insurance industry executives meet at Downing Street to discuss flood response