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Government failing to protect communities at risk of flooding

Today, the Environmental Audit Committee in Parliament, which Mary chairs, has launched a report criticising the Government's response to last winter's floods.

The Committee warns that a reactive approach to funding for flood defence exposes the Government's lack of long-term strategic planning to manage the risk of flooding.

Funding fluctuates year-on-year: under the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government, funding was initially cut and only increased after the winter 2013-2014 floods, which Mary spoke about in Parliament in January, in the immediate aftermath of the floods.

While there is national policy in place to plan for flood prevention, the number of local flood strategies is worryingly low and the Government does not seem to be supporting local authorities to develop them. Local Authorities are not receiving the support they need to prepare for, and mitigate, the impacts of flooding.

The Committee also found that there is a lack of Government vigour to ensure a consistent and robust approach is taken to protecting essential services. 

Click here for more information and to read the report.

Click here to listen to Mary talking about the report on BBC Farming Today.

Click here to read a BBC News article about the report.

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