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Thousands of flood-prone homes will benefit from new insurance scheme

Thousands of flood-prone homes in Somerset will benefit from a new government scheme which starts today.

Flood Re, a not for profit organisation, will help at-risk households get more affordable cover, working with insurers to offer the best deals and keep premiums down.

It's hoped it will mean that, for the first time in years, some high-risk households will have a choice of insurance providers.

Thousands of flood-prone homes in Somerset will benefit from a new government scheme Credit: ITV West Country
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Households in the South West could benefit from Flood Re

So far, the firms offering policies backed by Flood Re represent more than half of the home insurance market - with more expected to come on board.

The insurers signed up include:

  • Admiral
  • Aviva
  • Churchill
  • Direct Line
  • LV=
  • More Than
The firms offering policies backed by Flood Re represent more than half of the home insurance market Credit: ITV West Country

This should make flood cover more affordable and accessible to those in high flood risk areas over time.

Consumers should check the Flood Re website to see which insurers are signed up, speak to their current insurer and be prepared to shop around. When buying a policy they should make sure it is the best one for them, not just the cheapest.

– Brendan McCafferty, chief executive of Flood Re

The Association of British Insurers said some companies would be contacting customers directly to tell them about how Flood Re can make a difference.

Consumers can also call their insurers to find out if they can offer new options.

But, the ABI said, there is no need for customers to take any action now if their policy is not due for renewal yet - and they may even find an even greater choice of cover in the coming months.

Flood Re said consumers will not switch overnight in large numbers and full transition may take three years or more.

It is important as many people as possible have access to home insurance so they can get the money and expertise they will need if the worst happens.

– Huw Evans, ABI Director General

More information about how the scheme can help is available here.