Flooding in Croydon (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Mr Mayor, according to Environment Agency figures, there are something like 14,000 homes with no flood cover in London.  Are you prepared to take up the Prime Minister’s offer of money being no problem for these homes to be protected?

Supplementary To: 

Answer

Answer for Flooding in Croydon (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Flooding in Croydon (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes, in the sense that we are seeking London’s due share of the funding that is available and we will make sure that we get rapid provision for those homes that are vulnerable. As I say, thankfully in London - thankfully - the problem has been localised.  That is in no way to minimise the suffering of people in Croydon.  We have had 300 homes flooded in London altogether, which is a very substantial number.  Clearly, the risk is great.

 

Murad Qureshi AM:  The important distinction I want to make, though, is that Prime Minister David Cameron is talking about relief and not protection.  I am sure that when the time comes you can take up Ed Balls’ [Shadow Chancellor] offer of a Labour Government making investments in flood defence after May 2015, which is what a lot of Londoners want.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  In the vanishingly improbable event of Ed Balls having anything to do with supplying the cash, I will certainly consider it.

 

In the meantime, what we have is the national flood budget to protect properties at risk.  Patently, as you rightly say, Murad, there are properties in London that are at risk and we are going to do our best to ensure they are adequately protected.  One of the interesting things is that so far a lot of the homes that were allegedly built on floodplains and so on have not yet been affected, but there is absolutely no cause for complacency.

 

Steve O’Connell AM:  Just one point because I have been living and breathing this stuff.  The fact of the matter is that the Government has made available - just for correction - a new repair and renewal grant that will provide financial support to pay for work that improves a property’s ability to withstand future flooding.  That money, not necessarily Ed Balls’ promise of money, is now being made available by the Government for properties that need support in the future for resistance and resilience against future flooding, just for the record.