Prospective MP Josh Mason Announces Support For Flood Free Homes
Prospective MP for Redcar Constituency Josh Mason is supporting the campaign for Flood Free Homes which launched on Tuesday 20th January.
The campaign has been launched by the Association of British Insurers, supported by Friends of the Earth, Know Your Flood Risk, National Flood Forum, and the Property Care Association’s Flood Protection Group. The aim of the campaign is to raise the issue of long term flood defence investment and land and water management.
Flood Free Homes is campaigning for investment, and is campaigning for £1 billion per year by 2025 to be spent managing flood risk in order to keep pace with climate change. The campaign also hopes to achieve a zero tolerance of inappropriate new developments in areas at risk of flooding, and for a cross party consensus on ambitious long term solutions that manage all types of flood risk.
Flooding has long been recognised as the greatest natural threat the UK faces. With Environment Agency data showing around 2 million homes in England and Wales at flood risk now from the rivers and sea, with over 500,000 of these at ‘moderate’ risk or greater, and around 2.4 million additional homes at risk of surface water flooding.
Josh Mason commented: “I'm supporting the campaign for Flood Free Homes which calls for effective management of our land and water.
“I know the devastating impact that flooding has had on our constituency and I want to make sure that home-owners and local businesses do not suffer from destructive floods in the future.
“Ian Swales and I have been working on this issue locally since the devastating flooding experienced in September 2013. We’ve said it time and again and it applies nationally, we need ambitious long term solutions to ensure that our communities are protected.”