In the winter of 2015/16 around 1,000 homes and businesses were impacted directly by floodwater in Scotland. The repair and recovery process is still underway.
There is still relatively low uptake in Scotland, people at high flood risk are not routinely installing resilience measures in their homes and businesses.
Peter Bonfield, CEO of BRE, was asked to chair a business Roundtable. He invited a range of experts to join him who were well placed to use their skills and experience to innovate and find ways to incentivise the uptake of property flood resilience by consumers. Members took a proactive and collaborative approach with five task groups addressing the following:
- increasing uptake of the property level resilience grant following Storms Desmond and Eva, and to learn from this experience;
- embedding resilience in the insurance business and in day-to day for Small and Medium Enterprises -(SMEs) at flood risk;
- improving the sharing of information on resilience measures, specifically through developing a one-stop shop web portal;
- developing the skills and standards necessary to deliver property level resilience measures to a consistently high and well understood standard;
- addressing the communications and behavioural challenges that hamper uptake of property level resilience measures.
The Action Plan Report was launched in October 2016, this event will address how the report and ongoing tasks will impact on Scotland, and how other initiatives in property level resilience can be integrated. Members of the Roundtable will set out what has been achieved to date and future actions.