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UK to invest £2.3 billion in flood defense

Staff writer ▼ | December 9, 2015
UK government departments, councils and the Environment Agency are working together to help communities recover from the extreme weather during December 2015.
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Extreme weather   To help communities recover
With flood alerts and warnings still in place for many areas of the north of England, government are working to ensure local emergency responders have everything they need should there be further bad weather.

Flood defenses protected 8,600 homes across the north of England and, provided vital time for homes and businesses to be evacuated as well as reducing the impact.

Over the next 6 years we will be investing £2.3 billion in flood defenses which is a real terms increase on the £1.7bn invested in the last Parliament. This in turn is a real terms increase on the £1.5bn spent between 2005 and 2010.

In addition, flood maintenance spending will be protected in real terms over this Parliament.

The government will be opening the Bellwin scheme for councils affected by floods, and that 100% of eligible costs will be met by the government.