Ed Miliband to call for faster flooding insurance claims

Insurance bosses will meet ministers to discuss their response to the flood crisis. Victims have received £14m in emergency payments so far. Ed Miliband will call for faster processing of insurance claims when he too meets industry representatives.

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Flood defences 'put on hold by govt funding cuts'

Flood-hit communities have been left without planned defences after Government funding cuts, the Guardian has claimed.

Undelivered schemes include a £2.2 million scheme to improve flood management in the Somerset Levels as were schemes in Yalding Kent, Parrett near the village of Burrowbridge and on the stretch where the Dawlish railway fell into the sea.

David Cameron has previously insisted that Government spending on flood defences has increased Credit: PA Wire

The newspaper said it had identified specific projects affected by cuts by comparing the flood defence spending plans for 2010-11 with plans for subsequent years under the coalition government.

Mr Cameron has previously insisted that Government spending on flood defences has increased to £2.4 billion.

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