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MP makes floods insurance appeal to Government
8:06am Tuesday 30th October 2012 in News
A YORK MP has called on the Government to ensure residents whose homes are flooded get prompt advice and to put pressure on insurance firms to pay up quickly.
Hugh Bayley, who represents York Central, raised his concerns about the “human cost” of last month’s floods in the city with Environment Minister Richard Benyon, having visited homes and businesses which were affected with City of York Council leader James Alexander.
He asked Mr Benyon to give the Environment Agency responsibility for providing a package of advice to those hit by floods and to press for swifter compensation.
He said: “Insurance companies should make interim payments quickly because flood victims face immediate costs renting alternative homes, and businesses need money so staff can continue to be paid and damaged goods can be replaced.”
Mr Bayley and Coun Alexander are organising a public meeting with an Environment Agency representative so people who were affected by flooding can raise issues. It will be held on Saturday, November 17, at 10am at the Novotel in Fishergate.