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Water Act 2014

Section 67: Scheme administration

238.Subsection (1) provides a power for the Secretary of State to make regulations about the administration of the FR Scheme. Subsection (2) provides that the regulations may require the FR Scheme administrator to have regard to certain matters in discharging its functions – as set out in subsections (2)(a) to (d). Subsection (3) also allows for the regulations under subsection (1) to require the FR Scheme administrator to produce and publish a plan for achieving the transition to risk-reflective pricing over the life of the scheme.

239.Subsection (4) provides a power to place a requirement on the FR Scheme administrator to provide information to relevant insurers to pass on to their policyholders whose policies are reinsured under the FR Scheme. The information is intended to help households understand the flood risk in their area, how it can be managed and understand the transitional nature of the FR scheme.

240.Subsection (5) sets out a number of matters relating to finance and accounting which the regulations may provide for. These include: limiting the company’s ability to borrow and incur debt; limiting the financial losses that may be incurred; restricting draw downs and transfers and making provisions about any reserves Flood Re builds up; specifying the form and contents of Flood Re’s accounts; and requiring that Flood Re’s accounts be laid in Parliament.

241.Those regulations may also provide for the National Audit Office (NAO) to examine how the FR Scheme administrator has delivered value for money in the discharge of its duties and if the FR Scheme has been operated with propriety and regularity. The regulations may require the provision of access to documents and any assistance required by the NAO.

242.Subsection (6) provides that the regulations under subsection (1) may require the FR Scheme administrator to appoint a “responsible officer” and may set out the responsibilities of the responsible officer. These may include responsibility in respect of the Scheme’s finances and the Scheme’s accounts; accountability to Parliament for value for money, propriety and regularity; and examination and reports by the National Audit Office.

243.Subsection (7) states that regulations under subsection (1) may make provision about the disclosure of information required for the purpose of the FR Scheme. In particular the regulations may require relevant insurers to provide information on insurance policies to the FR Scheme administrator.

244.Subsection (8) provides that regulations under subsection (1) may require the FR Scheme administrator to provide information (for example the number of claims for flooding made) to the Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Natural Resources Body for Wales (which is commonly known as Natural Resources Wales), the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland, or another body as may be specified.

245.Under subsection (9) the FR Scheme administrator may also be required to provide information to the Secretary of State as may be needed for the purposes of government accounting.

246.The subsections in this section set out particular provision which may be made in regulations under subsection (1). Subsection (10) states that subsections (2) to (9) are not exhaustive as to the provision which the regulations may make. Subsection (11) specifies that the definition of “flood insurance” has the meaning given in section 64 and sets out the definition of “the FR Scheme’s accounts”.

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