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Business group calls for fair treatment for flood-stricken firms

18 Feb 2014

As leading members of the UK insurance industry meet to discuss the flooding crisis, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called for businesses affected by the adverse weather to receive fair treatment from the industry as they begin the recovery process.

Speaking ahead of the meeting at Downing Street, BCC Director General John Longworth said, 'We support all efforts to help businesses get back on their feet following the recent flooding across parts of the UK. But we must be mindful that in many cases, there will not be a quick fix'.

'The task ahead is to ensure that businesses can recover once weather conditions start to improve. That means an SME insurance market that provides robust cover for businesses without sky-high premiums and excesses, investment to ensure resilience on our over-stretched transport networks, and on-going support for companies that need to restructure their finances and tax payments.'

Meanwhile, a separate report from the TUC has urged employers to take a sympathetic approach to workers who have been affected by the floods.

As well as advising employers to ensure that premises are safe before allowing staff to return to work, new guidance published by the organisation also offers tips on supporting staff whose homes have been affected, such as allowing staff to use workplace shower facilities, and granting them time off to deal with flood-related issues.

The guidance can be accessed here: http://www.tuc.org.uk/healthandsafety/flooding.