Chancellor promises £700 million for extra flood defences

An additional £700 million spending on flood defences was announced as part of Chancellor George Osborne’s March budget. The extra funds are on top of the £2.3bn of planned spending up to 2021 and exceed the Government’s commitment to building 1,500 flood defence schemes.

Yorkshire and Cumbria, which were badly hit by flooding at the end of last year, are among the areas to receive additional investment.

Floods Minister Rory Stewart said:  “In December, I saw for myself how the record breaking levels of rainfall caused so much damage across the north of the England. Since these floods, there has been the most moving and impressive response, right from communities ‎to volunteers, the emergency services and local authorities.

“I’m extremely pleased that we have provided a further £700 million to help better defend these communities in the future.”

*  The additional funds include £115m extra for Yorkshire, with schemes in Leeds, York and the Calder Valley, which will better protect 3,000 homes and 1.700 businesses

*  £33m extra money will be spent in Cumbria, with schemes in Kendal, Appleby, Flimby, Eamont Bridge, Wigton, Pooley Bridge, Rickerby Park and Braithwaite – to improve flood protection for 1,700 properties and protect infrastructure

* The Government has also committed to investing a further £25m in Carlisle once the Environment Agency has completed its review of the needs in the area

Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss, said: “Thanks to this additional funding communities across the north will be better protected from the devastating effects of the sort of extreme weather we saw in December.

“By delivering improved flood defences and looking at what more we can do to slow the flow of flood waters across whole catchments we doing more than ever before to protect Yorkshire and Cumbria and keep them thriving and open for business.”



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