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EIC reacts to plans to reintroduce the Repair and Renew Grant in the aftermath of recent flooding in North West

This week, the Chancellor announced that a total of £60m has been pledged to support those affected by recent flooding, which includes  the provision of grants of up to £5000 to allow homes and businesses to install new flood barriers and replace doors and windows with water resistant alternatives. This latest announcement follows on from a similar policy adopted by the Government in the aftermath of the 2013/14 flooding.

In reaction to the announcement, Olly Johnson, Secretariat of the Environmental Industries Commission’s (EIC) Water Working Group said:

“EIC supports the principle of a programme which enables people affected by flooding to better protect their properties – but the implementation of the policy must match its objectives. The grants issued in the wake of the 2013/14 floods were applied in a patchwork fashion, poorly communicated, and failed to deliver a legacy of PLP (Property Level Protection) flood defence that is still vitally needed. This new round of funding is welcome, but it must be administered and communicated more effectively, learning from past mistakes, and ensuring homes and businesses are left better protected against future flooding crises.”

Sarah Marriott, EIC member and Managing Director of the Flood Advisory Service (FAS), added:

“If the Chancellor’s reinvention of the repair and renew grant is to be successful, funding will need to be spent responsibly. Since Britain’s last major flooding experience, the FAS has been created to provide free, independent advice on which products really work. Alongside this, flood professionals have instituted a BSI kite marked scheme that identifies specialist fitters of flood products. As a result, exceptionally cost-effective Property Level Protection techniques can now be installed to the highest standards, giving the public confidence that PLP is a sound investment. In sum, the Government must ensure that this grant money is put towards products and professionals that can truly keep people and property safe.”

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), founded in 1995, represents the businesses which provide the technology and services that deliver environmental performance across the economy. In short, we are the voice of the green economy.  

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