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  • MP praises affordable flood insurance guarantee
    cap flood insurance premiums linking them to council tax bands so that people will know the maximum they will have to pay This will be paid for by an internal industry levy as proposed by insurers This would formalise and capture the existing cross subsidy that has allowed affordable cover to be made available to date Therefore this can be done without placing pressure on bills in general New measures will also be added to the Water Bill which was also published last week to give the government legal powers to regulate the insurance industry to keep flood insurance affordable if the agreement with insurers becomes unworkable These powers would be used to require insurers to each take their share of high flood risk households or risk penalties and would create incentives for insurers to keep prices affordable This would be known as a Flood Insurance Obligation The Chancellor also announced as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review that the government will continue to invest in flood defences and has provided a six year long term commitment to provide 370 million of capital investment in 2015 16 rising with inflation until 2020 21 Alok Sharma who has held several public meetings in recent months for his constituents to discuss issues around flooding and flood insurance and has raised the matter of flood insurance with Ministers said I am really pleased that the government has reached an agreement with the insurance industry which means that people will no longer need to live in fear of not being able to get insurance and that those at most risk can get protection now and in the future The previous Statement of Principles negotiated by the last Labour government did not address the critical issue of affordability but thankfully this new agreement puts that

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  • Flood survey delivered to all households in Purley ward
    a flood survey fulfilling a promise made during a public meeting on Thursday 7 March 2013 on flooding in Purley The Environment Agency West Berkshire Council and Purley Parish Council have all provided input towards the questions in the survey which will be used to help West Berkshire Council and the Environment Agency improve their response to flood risk issues The letter to residents also included information from the Environment Agency detailing all of the action points being taken in relation to Purley and the timescale for each of the works being implemented along with an overview of the river and groundwater flooding issues affecting Purley and sources of further help and advice In addition residents were provided with information from West Berkshire Council relating to bus services at times of flooding The survey can be completed online here Photo Alok Sharma chairs Purley public meeting on flooding Campaign Helping residents with flooding issues Wednesday May 22 2013 Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of two local unitary authorities Reading Borough and West Berkshire Reading Battle Kentwood Minster Norcot Southcote Tilehurst and Whitley West Berkshire Birch Copse Calcot Pangbourne Purley Theale and Westwood Copyright 2016

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  • Sharma welcomes Government announcement on flood insurance
    flood affected areas in Pangbourne is obtaining affordable home insurance which is why I organised this meeting for residents to receive expert advice Alok also welcomed an announcement last week by Owen Paterson the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs that the government is close to agreement with the Association of British Insurers which will deliver a lasting agreement to ensure that households can continue to access affordable flood insurance The Secretary of State also made clear during the announcement that the government was working towards an agreement that would address affordability for householders which is not currently a requirement under the Statement of Principles agreed by the last government Speaking in Parliament on Thursday 16th May during departmental questions Owen Paterson said We are at an advanced stage in negotiations with insurers towards producing a successor to the statement of principles Today the Association of British Insurers has written to say that insurers will continue to abide by the current agreement for a month beyond the end of June to allow further time for the outstanding issues to be concluded We are aiming to conclude negotiations as soon as possible to ensure that households can continue to access affordable flood insurance Owen Paterson continued The current arrangements are not guaranteed to hold premiums down We are seeking an arrangement that will last well into the future will deliver affordability and comprehensiveness and will not impose a huge burden on the taxpayer Alok Sharma said I welcome the announcement by the Secretary of State that the government is close to an agreement with insurance companies and that the Association of British Insurers have agreed to extend the Statement of Principles by one month to allow the details to be finalised This is an important matter for many

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  • Sharma to hold flood insurance advice meeting
    May The meeting is being held as a follow up to a public meeting on flooding held on Tuesday 2nd April 2013 together with West Berkshire Council and the Environment Agency after residents expressed specific concerns about obtaining affordable home insurance and protection Attending the meeting along with Alok will be Heather Shepherd Community and Recovery Support Manager at the National Flood Forum Matt Cullen Policy Adviser Flooding and Climate Change for the Association of British Insurers ABI and representatives from the Environment Agency and West Berkshire Council Alok Sharma said Feedback from the last meeting held in Pangbourne highlighted home insurance and protection as one of the key area of concern for local people therefore Councillor Pamela Bale and I have organised a follow up meeting for local residents Alok continued All residents of Pangbourne are welcome to attend the meeting on the 11th May but it would be really helpful if anyone hoping to attend could get in touch via alok sharma mp parliament uk or 0118 941 3803 so we have a view on numbers Campaign Helping residents with flooding issues Wednesday May 8 2013 Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of

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  • Sharma holds Pangbourne public meeting on flooding
    the responsibilities for flooding were divided between West Berkshire Council and the Environment Agency and concerns about the consistently high level of the River Pang Following the meeting the Environment Agency agreed to write to Alok on a number of points raised by residents including whether Sulham Brook is classified as a main river whether improvements at Pangbourne are included on the flood map referred to by insurers information about obtaining insurance the Environment Agency s maintenance schedule what maintenance can be carried out by property owners an explanation of why the Environment Agency does not dredge the river data on river levels and flows and contact details for the External Relations team at the Environment Agency Alok Sharma has agreed to write to residents with this information Alok Sharma said The meeting was extremely well attended and I have received a lot of positive feedback from residents about how useful this meeting was to get answers to their concerns from the Environment Agency Alok continued One of the biggest concerns for residents is about getting affordable insurance so I have agreed to help organise a follow up meeting for residents to hear from specialist insurance providers My grateful thanks to everyone who attended the meeting and a really big thank you to the Parish Council and the local flood warden who do such a great job when the local area does suffer from flooding District Councillor Pamela Bale said I would like to thank Alok for organising the meeting and the Environment Agency for their contribution The mitigation measures carried out by the Environment Agency and West Berkshire Council have proved effective in preventing flooding in the last few months The vigilance of the Parish Council flood warden and residents has helped to ensure that any issues which could

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  • Helping during the floods
    and Rest Centre in the Dolphin Centre Other parts of the constituency also saw much disruption with flash flooding causing problems on the Oxford Road and Armour Hill There was serious flooding on Norcot Road and this problem is receiving your Councillors attention This was a stark reminder that it is not only low lying areas that are threatened but that even moderate rainfall can cause problems if drainage systems are not properly maintained to allow water drain away efficiently The residents of Riverside Park welcomed the regular visits from Councillors Steele and Rynn during the period that the Thames threatened to flood the Park Attention was focused on other parts of Reading and they felt isolated The residents kept watch day and night fearing the worst as information on the timing of the flood peak kept changing After the floods Alok called on the Government to reverse cuts made in the flood protection budget and provide funding to implement the Environment Agency s local flood protection schemes in Purley and elsewhere Campaign Helping residents with flooding issues Monday July 23 2007 Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of two local unitary authorities Reading Borough

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  • Prime Minister meets families of road crash victims
    law needed to be changed for the benefit of other families who may be affected in the future Alok explained that he had led a debate on the issue in the House of Commons and that there had been cross party support for a change in the law The Prime Minister outlined three areas he believed were important to consider in the ongoing review of all driving related offences and penalties being carried by the Ministry of Justice to help victims feel they were getting justice including Considering raising the maximum sentence that can we handed down by judges Whether sentences should be served concurrently or consecutively The amount of the sentence served by the offender before they could be released early on licence The Prime Minister promised to write to the Justice Secretary to ask him to consider these options as part of the review Alok Sharma said I would like to thank the Prime Minister for agreeing to meet Tracey and Hayley and for taking such an interest in this case I have a huge amount of respect for Tracey and Hayley who are pursuing this campaign not for their own benefit but to help provide justice for the families who may be similarly affected in the future Alok continued As the petition for a change in the law soared past 80 000 signatures this morning I think it is pretty clear that Tracey and Hayley are by no means alone in believing that the current penalties are not sufficient for those convicted of causing multiple deaths through their own reckless behaviour I will continue to work with Tracey and Hayley and other colleagues in the House of Commons to push for a change in the law Tracey Fidler said It was nice that the Prime Minister seemed

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  • Prime Minister to meet fiancées of John Morland and Kris Jarvis
    the alcohol blood limit had taken cocaine in the previous 24 hours and was driving at 70 miles per hour in a 30 zone whilst being pursued by police John and Kris s killer received just 10 years and three months in prison for his crimes Tracey and Hayley who set up an online petition calling on the Government to introduce consecutive sentencing for each person killed by a dangerous driver will meet with the Prime Minister on Wednesday 25th February 2015 The petition which now has almost 70 000 signatures can be signed online here http epetitions direct gov uk petitions 67911 The Ministry of Justice is currently reviewing all driving related offences and penalties and have committed to holding an extensive public consultation on the issue of sentencing following that review Alok Sharma said I am very pleased that the Prime Minister has agreed to meet with Tracey and Hayley giving them an opportunity to make their case for tougher sentencing for dangerous drivers and to further influence the Government s policy on dangerous driving Alok continued The Ministry of Justice are engaged in ongoing discussions with victims as part of their review into driving related offences and I hope that they will publish their proposals for any changes to the law as soon as possible I will continue to work with Tracey and Hayley to ensure that their voices are heard at the very top of government Tracey Fidler said It is absolutely fantastic that we have got a private meeting with the Prime Minister it is pretty overwhelming We want to thank everyone who has supported our campaign so far the help we have received has been amazing and I just hope our petition gets to 100 000 signatures Hopefully the Prime Minister will give his

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