27% Flood Defence cuts in Yorkshire & Humber exposed

Labour's Shadow Environment Minister and Wakefield MP Mary Creagh has heaped praise on the emergency services who worked through the night across our region as floods hit thousands of homes, but has launched a stinging attack on the government.

Since 2010 David Cameron's government has cut flood defence funding by more than a quarter, meaning it is becoming ever more difficult for households to obtain insurance against flood damage.

"I pay tribute to our emergency services and everyone who has helped friends and neighbours deal with the devastation of the floods.

"People in flood-hit areas are finding it harder to get insurance and their premiums and excesses are going up. The Tory-led Government has cut investment in flood defences by 27 per cent and are failing to ensure flood insurance remains available to all. There is a crisis looming on flood insurance that will leave many homes uninsurable, unmortgageable and unsellable."

The Association of British Insurers has produced figures which show which constituencies across the UK are most at risk, and unsurprisingly a number of seats in the Yorkshire and Humber region feature prominently.

These include:

Rank in terms of number of homes at risk:

3rd - Hull East
4th - Hull West and Hessle
5th - Hull North
15th - Brigg and Goole
19th - Doncaster North
33rd - Selby and Ainsty

Rank in terms of number of homes at significant risk:

11th - Leeds Central
18th - Hull North
19th - Hull East
22nd - Hull West and Hessle
26th - Dewsbury
28th - Wakefield
31st - Brigg and Goole
32nd - Calder Valley




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