An MSP has called on ministers to take action to protect low-income households who are not covered by flood insurance.
North-east Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald brought up the issue in a debate on preventing flood risk across Scotland yesterday, after figures showed that 22.6% of households in the country do not have flood insurance.
The number was even higher among low-income households.
Mr Macdonald said: “We all remember the scenes from two years ago, when families in Ballater, Kemnay, Inverurie and Aberdeen were hard-hit by winter floods.
“Too many low-income households are not protected, whether through lack of cash to pay premiums or because landlords have not insured the buildings in which they live.
“Experts predict an additional 60,000 Scottish homes will be at risk of flooding by 2080. Ministers need to look into this issue to find ways to protect low-income households in the North-east and across the country.”