More flood defence funding needed, MPs warn

A report released by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Efra) said that “overall funding does not reflect the increased flood risk” as a result of climate change and that funding allocated for defences was the “bare minimum.” The government cut the flood defence budget by 25 per cent in 2010.  The report also says that flooding in Somerset could have been made less severe if measures had been taken to dredge the affected area.

Conservative MP and Efra chair Anne McIntosh said: “Ministers must take action now to avoid a repeat of the devastation caused by winter floods.”
“We have repeatedly called on the government to increase revenue funding so that necessary maintenance can be carried out to minimise flood risk, yet funding remains at a bare minimum.”

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