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'Warming to boost severe UK floods'

01 June 2014 03:01:26 BBC News - UK

Global warming will lead to a significant increase in extreme summer downpours and flash floods according to a new study.

Vice All News Time01 June 2014 03:01:26


Flood victims to get £140m lifeline: Pay for repairs and to protect communities devastated by the recent torrential rain

16 March 2014 03:21:47 News | Mail Online

The move, to be announced in Wednesday's Budget, brings the total sum of Government funding pledged to combat flood danger to £450million.

Vice All News Time16 March 2014 03:21:47

Floods 'give UK jobs market boost'

11 March 2014 03:26:17 BBC News - UK

The UK's winter floods have given the jobs market an 'unexpected boost', says recruitment firm Manpower.

Vice All News Time11 March 2014 03:26:17

UK housebuilders hit by floods

04 March 2014 11:57:46 Finance - Business news and market updates - The Telegraph

Housebuilding activity eases, though construction work related to flood relief work and infrastructure maintenance helps civil engineering activity to reach its highest level since 1997        

Vice Finance Time04 March 2014 11:57:46

AUDIO: Tree-felling flood plan 'ludicrous'

25 February 2014 12:06:06 BBC News - UK

Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers Union (NFU), discusses the effect of recent flooding on UK agriculture.

Vice All News Time25 February 2014 12:06:06

UK floods: The winners and losers

18 February 2014 02:43:55 BBC News - UK

Who are the winners and losers from the floods?

Vice All News Time18 February 2014 02:43:55

UK weather: Pictures show how flood-hit Britain has been left battered by recent stormy weather

16 February 2014 18:54:28 mirror - News

Severe storms resulted in the deaths of three people and left tens of thousands of homes without power

Vice All News Time16 February 2014 18:54:28

How bad have these floods been?

13 February 2014 18:41:26 BBC News - UK

The BBC's Anthony Reuben compares some of the figures for the floods in 2000, 2007 and 2014.

Vice All News Time13 February 2014 18:41:26

UK weather recap: Hundreds of homes will be flooded over the next two days, Environment Agency warns

11 February 2014 02:21:52 mirror - News

The number of severe flood warnings hit 16 as the Thames swelled following recent downpours

Vice All News Time11 February 2014 02:21:52

UK weather live: More flood warnings issued as thousands are evacuated and now it's started snowing

10 February 2014 13:33:45 mirror - News

The number of severe flood warnings rose to 16 this morning as the Thames started to swell following recent downpours

Vice All News Time10 February 2014 13:33:45

UK floods: Gale force winds and fierce waves lash southern England

08 February 2014 17:01:56 UK headlines

Coastal areas of southern England have been battered by fierce waves and winds of up to 80mph, adding to the misery they have endured in recent weeks.        

Vice All News Time08 February 2014 17:01:56

UK floods: 80mph winds set to lash southern England

08 February 2014 13:01:09 UK headlines

Coastal areas of southern England are bracing themselves for fierce waves and winds of up to 80mph, adding to the misery they have endured in recent weeks.        

Vice All News Time08 February 2014 13:01:09

UK floods: 80mph winds set to lash Southern England

08 February 2014 10:56:24 UK headlines

Coastal areas of southern England are bracing themselves for fierce waves and winds of up to 80mph, adding to the misery they have endured in recent weeks.        

Vice All News Time08 February 2014 10:56:24

UK flooding spreads to the Home Counties

07 February 2014 22:00:51 UK headlines

Forecasters warn that a huge storm due to hit Britain overnight and into Saturday could make the situation even worse in flood-affected areas        

Vice All News Time07 February 2014 22:00:51

UK floods: Lord Smith declines to apologise to flooded householders

07 February 2014 14:55:27 UK headlines

The Environment Agency chairman insists he will not resign as he visits Somerset for the first time since the recent storms        

Vice All News Time07 February 2014 14:55:27

UK floods: Lord Smith declines to apologise to flooded householders

07 February 2014 14:15:48 Politics News - UK Politics

The Environment Agency chairman insists he will not resign as he visits Somerset for the first time since the recent storms        

Vice All News Time07 February 2014 14:15:48

VIDEO: How can the UK prevent floods?

30 January 2014 23:51:46 BBC News - UK

With parts of the UK continuing to suffer the aftermath of the most severe winter floods in years, attention has focused on how flooding can be prevented or alleviated.

Vice All News Time30 January 2014 23:51:46

Heavy rain and gale force winds forecast for WHOLE of UK this week - with flooded areas hit hardest

28 January 2014 18:24:41 mirror - News

The Met Office said areas which had recently seen flooding could be affected again

Vice All News Time28 January 2014 18:24:41

UK flooding: in numbers

28 January 2014 13:35:28 UK headlines

As the head of the Environment Agency says dredging is likely to be part of a plan to save acres of land still underwater in the Somerset Levels, the consequences of the storms which have battered Britain since December can be shown in numbers        

Vice All News Time28 January 2014 13:35:28

UK braced for ice and more flooding

27 January 2014 02:24:22 BBC News - UK

Britain is preparing for a big freeze as temperatures plummet, while more flooding is expected in parts of England and Scotland.

Vice All News Time27 January 2014 02:24:22

VIDEO: Storms take toll on UK wildlife

17 January 2014 20:14:58 BBC News - UK

Recent storms across the UK have caused travel chaos and left hundreds of homes flooded, and the wild weather has also taken a severe toll on wildlife.

Vice All News Time17 January 2014 20:14:58

VIDEO: Flood misery in the Thames Valley

08 January 2014 21:13:23 BBC News - UK

Recent heavy rains and strong winds have led to severe flooding in many parts of the UK, with coastal communities and those living close to rivers especially vulnerable.

Vice All News Time08 January 2014 21:13:23

VIDEO: Flooded villagers still marooned

08 January 2014 11:53:12 BBC News - UK

BBC Points West reporter Clinton Rogers visits the village of Muchelney on the Somerset Levels by boat to find out how people are coping after the recent floods.

Vice All News Time08 January 2014 11:53:12

After the deluge: Plague of mutant SUPER RATS now infesting homes hit by floods

07 January 2014 21:20:28 mirror - News

Householders in areas battered by the recent storms are reporting rats invading their homes to escape the floods

Vice All News Time07 January 2014 21:20:28

UK braced for floods as tides peak

03 January 2014 05:06:37 BBC News - UK

Severe flooding is expected in many parts of the UK as high tides combine with heavy rain and strong winds later.

Vice All News Time03 January 2014 05:06:37

UK weather: Live updates as heavy rain causes more flooding across Britain

02 January 2014 09:45:00 mirror - News

First storms of 2014 bring further misery after torrential rain and gales left homes flooded and thousands without power over Christmas

Vice All News Time02 January 2014 09:45:00

VIDEO: Flood footage around the UK

24 December 2013 12:22:35 BBC News - UK

Flood warnings are in place as storms continue to sweep across the UK.

Vice All News Time24 December 2013 12:22:35

Ministers agree UK flood insurance deal

27 June 2013 14:04:37 Financials

Flood insurance scheme to be funded by a £10.50 levy on every UK household, although the government would step in if extreme flooding occurred

Vice Finance Time27 June 2013 14:04:37

OECD cuts UK economic growth forecasts for 2014

29 May 2013 16:09:54 Politics news, UK and world political comment and analysis |

Thinktank says eurozone crisis and government and consumer debt will drag on growth next year, but urges chancellor to stick with spending cuts The west's leading economic thinktank has forecast that Britain's economy will grow at a slower pace than expected as spending cuts and a lack of consumer and business confidence restrict the recovery. In its half-yearly forecast , the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned that a long and bumpy recovery in the eurozone would continue to hit exports while the government's deficit reduction programme and the paying down of consumer debt would act as a brake on growth. It said the economy would increase by a more restricted 1.5% in 2014, down from its previous forecast of a stronger 1.6% increase in output. "The muted global recovery, especially in Europe, and the necessary adjustment of still-impaired public and private sector balance sheets continue to weigh on growth," the thinktank said in its economic outlook. The OECD, which has 34 rich country members, added that despite a resilient labour market, consumer spending was being held back by weak average real earnings, fragile confidence and a determination among many households to reduce their overall debts. Private investment, a key driver of long-term growth, was also restrained by weak demand and "high uncertainty", it said. But it backed George Osborne's plans for further spending cuts, saying: "With a high budget deficit and gross government debt rising to 90% of GDP in 2012, further fiscal consolidation is necessary to restore the sustainability of public finances." Britain needed to make strides to increase investment, the OECD said, and especially to improve infrastructure spending and housebuilding to spur jobs growth. Without a housebuilding programme, values could overheat, sparking another asset price bubble, it warned. Chris Leslie MP, Labour's shadow financial secretary to the Treasury, responding to the OECD's Economic Outlook, said: "The OECD is just the latest organisation to say that the government needs to increase the number of homes being built and that investing in infrastructure now will improve our economy for the future. "After the IMF's damning criticism last week the government must act to build the affordable homes we need to kickstart the economy, tackle the housing crisis and strengthen our economy for the long-term. And they must tackle the youth unemployment crisis with a compulsory jobs guarantee for every young person out of work for over a year, funded by a tax on bank bonuses." The muted and slow recovery in Britain contrasted with the forecast for the US, which is expected to reach almost 3% growth next year. The OECD heaped praise on Washington's successful re-capitalisation of its banks, which allowed the banking system to get back on its feet and kickstart lending to households and businesses. Unemployment in the US is forecast to fall from its current 7.5% level and its budget deficit to decrease steadily while the UK unemployment rate is predicted to remain stuck on 8% and its deficit to fall only slowly. Nevertheless, the picture for the UK is mildly better than six months ago, when, in the depths of the euro crisis, the OECD said unemployment would rise to 8.3% this year. The OECD's chief economist, Pier Carlo Padoan, who urged countries to co-operate to facilitate growth, said: "While still disappointing, the global economy is moving forward, and it is doing so at multiple speeds. These multiple speeds reflect different paths towards self-sustained growth, with each path carrying its own mix of risks." He criticised moves by the US Congress to impose public spending cuts, known as the sequester, before the recovery is entrenched, which it said would limit the country's growth spurt, but praised the longer-term path of government policy. "In the United States, the combination of a repaired financial system and a revival in confidence is driving growth. Private sector demand is stabilising as household deleveraging is far advanced, house prices are rebounding and wealth accumulation is supporting consumption. Employment is growing, adding to confidence." Concerns that the euro will remain a danger for the world economy if policy decisions prolong the current recession are a feature of the OECD's report. "In the euro area, still-rising unemployment is the most pressing challenge for policymakers. Protracted weakness could evolve into stagnation with negative implications for the global economy. Such a perspective would resonate negatively with large persistent risks of adverse interactions between weakly capitalised banks, public debt financing requirements and exit risks," Padoan said. Throughout the euro crisis the European Central Bank (ECB) has resisted following the unconventional monetary policies pursued by the Bank of England, the US Federal Reserve and more recently the Bank of Japan, preferring to act as an insurer of last resort to debt-ridden eurozone nations. But the OECD urged the ECB to cut interest rates further and take a more active role in supporting an increase in lending to businesses. Even without a change of heart at the ECB's Frankfurt offices, the eurozone will begin to exit its recession in the second half of the year, though several countries including Italy and Spain will still be contracting into 2014. Italy is forecast to grow in 2014, but by less than 1%. The OECD had little better news for France, which has seen its economy flatline for two years and its new socialist government focus more on reducing debt than creating jobs. The OECD welcomed this stance, recommending that Paris allow welfare benefits to support those who are thrown out of work as public sector cuts bite. The OECD as a whole is expected to grow by just 1.2% in 2013 and 2.3% in 2014, with unemployment falling from 8.1% to 8% over the two-year period. OECD Economic growth (GDP) Global economy Unemployment and employment statistics Economics Eurozone crisis European Union European Central Bank US economy Economic policy Phillip Inman

Vice All News Time29 May 2013 16:09:54

Insurers extend deal for flood-hit homeowners by a month

16 May 2013 21:06:39 Politics news, UK and world political comment and analysis |

Agreement still to be reached to ensure affordable cover for at least 200,000 affected properties beyond July Flood-hit householders will continue to be able to buy insurance for a month after an agreement between insurers and the government ends in June, but it is still unclear when a deal will be reached to ensure cover remains affordable for at least 200,000 affected properties. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said its members would voluntarily continue to offer flood insurance to homeowners until 31 July, beyond the end of an existing arrangement with the government. That agreement, known as the "statement of principles", obliges insurers to offer flood insurance as part of standard household policies at reasonable rates, providing the government invests in flood defences. It applies to existing customers, and allows them to renew policies with their current insurer. It does not, however, cap charges or cover anyone who moves to a new home in a flood-hit area. So far ministers and the industry have been unable to decide what happens next. The insurance industry wants to introduce a levy on insurance for all policy holders of about £8 in order to create a £150m-a-year fund to cover those at high risk of flooding. But the government is understood to be reluctant to provide any additional funding that could be required on top of this in the case of extreme flooding. Without a deal in place, customers would return to a free market, meaning insurers could decide whether or not to offer cover and, if they did, could charge what they like. The ABI said this could leave 200,000 households struggling to afford policies. In a letter to the environment secretary, the director general of the ABI, Otto Thoresen, said there were "still important issues to resolve". However, the letter goes on to suggest that the extension will give adequate time to address the remaining issues. The environment secretary, Owen Paterson, said negotiations were "at an advanced stage". "It's good that the ABI is standing by the statement of principles and we hope to resolve the remaining issues soon," he said. "Both the government and the industry are working hard on an agreement to secure affordable insurance for people at risk of flooding." The looming deadline has led to concern among householders who have previously been affected by flooding. The National Flood Forum (NFF) charity recently said the number of calls to its helpline had trebled in the past year, and that some callers had reported premiums doubling to £2,000 a year. Mary Creagh, Labour's shadow environment secretary, called for ministers to agree a deal soon: "Flood-hit communities are being hit now with higher insurance premiums and excesses because weak and incompetent ministers have failed to get a new deal. "The government needs to get a grip on flood insurance, get a deal and ensure that people in the 200,000 high-risk properties are able to insure their homes." Paul Cobbing, head of the NFF, said it was disappointing that a deal had still to be reached and that the extension was "the first signal that we have had since last July that the government and ABI are in detailed discussion". Any solution other than opening insurance to the free market would require legislation – something that is increasingly unlikely to go through before parliament's summer recess. Cobbing said that even if a deal was reached before July, he would expect either a further extension over the summer, or transitional arrangements to be put in place.The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) warned that if a deal was not reached soon, some homes could become unsellable. Its associate director for the built environment, Alan Cripps, said the implications of the statement of principles ending were "simply staggering". He added: "This has much wider ramifications for all property owners. Surveyors are responsible for the valuations that underpin insurance agreements; without that insurance it will be nigh on impossible to get a mortgage; without a mortgage many people will be unable to purchase property; and if properties are not insurable or mortgageable there will be a dramatic impact on their value. "This has the potential to rule out existing residential stock at a time when we're desperately trying to close a housing deficit." Insurance Insurance industry Flooding Natural disasters and extreme weather Hilary Osborne Lisa Bachelor © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds        

Vice Bussines Time16 May 2013 21:06:39