This week, we consider what the start of 2021 has meant for switching, with lockdown continuing to have an impact. The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee called on Ministers to commit to a clearly defined flood resilience objective, ensuring better protection of the 5.2mn properties currently at risk from flooding. Nature projects which tackle climate change, create and restore habitats, or improve water quality could soon benefit from a new £10mn fund to help them both benefit the environment and attract private sector investment, the government announced. A research project to help water companies provide the evidence base that influences the next regulatory price review process has commenced. Ofwat approved code mod change proposal to address the issue of a lack of clarity in roles and responsibilities during planned events carried out by wholesalers in the provision of water services and/or sewerage services in the business retail market. Yorkshire Water was awarded Utility Week’s Innovation Award 2020 for the UK's most advanced smart network.