The Scottish parliament is exploring ways in which it can promote the inclusion of insurance in rent payments, following last week's floods in Glasgow's Shettleston district.

A spokesman for the Scottish Executive said: "We will be meeting the Scottish Financial Enterprise and the ABI to look at how we can promote the inclusion of good value insurance as part of tenants' rent. We are also holding discussions with the UK government to make aware the difficulties of getting affordable insurance for those on benefit."

The ABI confirmed it had been contacted by the Scottish Executive and would discuss expanding its insurance with rent scheme. The scheme targets those who cannot afford insurance under conventional payment terms.

Insurers helped aid workers at an emergency centre set up in the heart of Glasgow's flooded suburbs. The ABI arranged for two insurance workers - Arthur Davidson of Royal & SunAlliance and Jill Hunt of Lloyds TSB - to join social workers, ambulance crew and housing and benefits officers at the centre. They advised flooded-out residents on their insurance claims.