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Almost 100 new flood defences were given the green light today in a move the Government says will better protect more than 64,000 homes from flooding.
A total of 93 defences have been given the go-ahead to begin construction this year.
The Government said £294 million was being invested in flood risk management in 2013.
The Association of British Insurers is calling for sustained, long-term flood defence spending that keeps pace with the threat of flooding.
At a flood summit today, Nick Starling, ABI director of general insurance is expected to say:
At a Labour Party flood summit later today, the Association of British Insurers, will call for cross-party support for moves to tackle the rising risk of flooding in the UK.
Last year was hit by one of the wettest years on record and numerous floods around the country.
Politicians must ensure there is a rigorous planning system to prevent building in flood plains as well as sufficient spending on flood defences, insurers urged today.
Government support is also needed to ensure that flood insurance remains widely available and affordable, the Association of British Insurers will warn at a Labour Party flood summit.
A deal between Government and insurers to ensure people in high-risk areas continue to be insured against flooding expires in June, and Labour has warned that 200,000 homeowners will face difficulties getting insurance once it ends.
Labour is urging the Government to end its "brinkmanship" in negotiations with the insurance industry and secure a new deal to provide certainty for at-risk households and businesses.