Halifax MP to host open meeting for flood-hit residents

Halifax MP Holly Lynch will host an event in Sowerby Bridge on Friday to help people understand the new Flood Re insurance scheme.

Wednesday, 29th June 2016, 8:13 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th June 2016, 9:18 am
Boxing Day floods, Sowerby Bridge 2015
Boxing Day floods, Sowerby Bridge 2015

The Government-backed scheme is designed to reduce home insurance premiums for more than 350,000 homes in flood risk areas.

The meeting will run from from 6pm until 7pm at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge on Friday. Brendan McCafferty, CEO of Flood Re will give a presentation and residents will have the opportunity to ask questions about the scheme.

Speaking before the event Ms Lynch said: “It will be useful to meet with Flood Re and hear about how the scheme is set to help local people.

“Calderdale was devastated by the floods on Boxing Day and I know that some residents have struggled to access affordable flood insurance. I hope the situation will improve now that Flood Re has launched.”

Brendan McCafferty Chief Executive of Flood Re, added: “Flood Re is up and running and the amount of insurers that have signed up to the scheme has more than doubled since its launch in April.

“Coming to Calderdale is important, as we want local people to understand how the scheme can help them access affordable flood insurance. People should speak to their current insurer and shop around to ensure they are able to get the best possible deal for their flood insurance.”