New homes in poorer areas of England and Wales face undue flood risk

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Study shows climate breakdown will affect houses built in disadvantaged neighbourhoods disproportionately

A disproportionate number of homes built in disadvantaged neighbourhoods over the past decade will end up in high flood-risk areas as a result of climate breakdown, a study has revealed.

According to a report from the Grantham Research Institute, without further action the share of homes built between 2008 and 2018 that will be considered at high risk of flooding by the 2050s is expected to increase from 5% to 7% under a 2C warming scenario, or 14% under a “high-end warming scenario”.

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