BRITAIN should steel itself for the extremes of drought and flood and act urgently to be ready for the effects of climate change, Environment Agency Chairman Lord Chris Smith has warned. Publishing new figures that demonstrate the ‘feast and famine’ effects on water supply and flooding, the Environment Agency called on water companies, farmers and [...]
The Department of Environment and Rural Affairs has announced that more than 64,000 more homes will be better protected from flooding after 93 new flood defences were given the green light to start construction this year. With £294 million to be invested in flood risk management this year, 165,000 homes are now expected to be [...]
The CIWEM Rivers and Coastal Group Annual Conference. The aim of this conference will be to take stock of the changes that have taken place in the funding, planning and delivery of Flood and Coastal Risk Management schemes and seek to determine both the successes and blockers identified during initial application of the process. 30 [...]
As Britain is gripped by a floods crisis, Government indecision and inertia is seriously delaying vital work to protect thousands of homes and properties in the UK. Devastating flooding could cause £millions of damage in scenes reminiscent of the 2007 floods which prompted a groundbreaking Government review by Sir Michael Pitt. Yet how much real [...]
ABI statement on flood insurance The ABI has called for the Government to commit to a joint solution to ensure long term affordable flood insurance for high-risk households, describing the current state of talks aimed at reaching an agreement as being “at an impasse”. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has consistently lobbied for a [...]
The Government today gave the go-ahead for 60 flood and coastal risk schemes providing protection to more than 25,000 homes Defra and the Environment Agency say the new partnership funding approach, which encourages funding from external sources such as councils and businesses has helped secure over £72 million of contributions to fund flood and coastal erosion [...]
MPs have warned of a serious ‘mismatch’ between the need to manage flood risks effectively in England and the available budget. The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee’s report on Flood Risk Management in England warns that there is great deal of uncertainty about whether there will be enough money to maintain and improve flood [...]
Local authorities still have some big questions over the funding of SuDS schemes as we move towards full implementation of the Flood and Water Management Act. I was attending a Flood Management Conference just before Christmas and was sat listening to a senior official from DEFRA explaining how the funding would be provided to maintain [...]
The Association of British Insurers have warned of up to 200,000 homes left uninsured, if the government does not subsidise flood insurance households in high risk areas. Recent press reports say the ABI and its members have called on DEFRA to “seriously consider” subsidising flood insurance in high risk areas, once the Statement of Principles [...]
CIWEM held its Surface Water Management Conference in London on 14 June 2011. The conference reviewed the implementation of the Flood and Water Management Act and progress made by Local Authorities, especially Lead Local Flood Authorities in carrying out their flood risk management roles. The conference focused on surface water management and the key issues, [...]
More flood and coastal erosion defence projects across England will receive government money each year under a new funding system announced by Defra.
18 May Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) The proposed new approach to funding local flood schemes whereby grants are largely allocated according to the number of households protected must be extended to ensure critical infrastructure assets are not left vulnerable, a report published by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has said. Click here to [...]
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HIGH-PRIORITY flood defence projects in England and Wales – in jeopardy following tough spending cuts – need a fresh injection of innovative, sustainable and lower-cost engineering to avoid future flooding disasters.