Mar 8, 2020

Floods: Budget will double spending on defences, says Treasury

Funding for flood defences in England is expected to be doubled to £5.2bn over five years in the forthcoming budget, the Treasury has said. Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced criticism from Labour for going "Awol" during the emergency and for failing to budget enough for flood defences. The government's Infrastructure and Projects Authority previously projected that it would spent £4.7bn on flood defences up to 2026, but the funding had not been confirmed. MPs in northern England called for flood defence spending to be reallocated, as the plans showed that a third of the money was expected to be spend in London and the South East of England. The chancellor is also due to announced a £120m fund to repair flood defences that were damaged in the recent storms, bringing at least 300 schemes back to full operation, the Treasury said.

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