MAIDENHEAD'S MP has met with the chairman of a scheme which will aim to help people in flood risk areas to get affordable flood insurance.

Theresa May met with the chairman of Flood Re to discuss the scheme, which is set to launch in April.

Mrs May said: “It was useful to meet with Flood Re and hear about how the scheme is set to help local people in the Maidenhead constituency. Some households struggle to access affordable flood insurance and I hope that the situation will improve after Flood Re has launched in April.”

Flood Re has been designed to reduce home insurance premiums for more than 350,000 homes in flood risk areas. Since 2000, flood insurance has been widely available to households at high risk of flooding due to a series of voluntary agreements between the Government and members of the Association of British Insurers (ABI). However, as these agreements did not cover the affordability of the home insurance provided the insurance companies and the Government have been working together to develop a different way of dealing with flood insurance.

The Flood Re scheme hopes to offer help to people to increase their understanding of their level of flood risk and explaining how, where possible, they can take action to reduce it.

Mark Hoban, Chairman of Flood Re, said: “Coming to the Thames Valley 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.”