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The government has issued a call for evidence to examine changes to its flood funding formula to help benefit frequently flooded communities.

The government has issued a call for evidence to examine changes to its flood funding formula to help benefit frequently flooded communities.

At least 23,000 publicly funded property flood resilience measures have been installed since 2009. But the government says it wants to increase uptake across the country – alongside providing more funding for new flood and coastal defences.

Under the plan, householders in flood-hit areas who install property flood resilience measures – such as flood barriers, air brick covers and flood resistant coatings on walls – could soon be able to obtain discounted insurance premiums.

The call for evidence will explore how the government’s flood and coastal defence investment programme can be strengthened. It will also looks at ways to help householders and businesses better prepare for flooding.

The government says the plan includes investment of £5.2bn to create around 2,000 new flood and coastal defences.