Mar 7, 2020

UK government to spend £5.2bn on flood defences in Budget

Rishi Sunak, the UK chancellor, will announce plans to increase funding for flood defences to £5.2bn in his Budget next week, after a winter in which large parts of Britain were inundated. Mr Sunak said the money, which was intended to cut flood risk in England by 11 per cent by 2027, amounted to a doubling of spending on new flood and coastal defence schemes compared to the past six years. The investment in flood defences comes after a grim winter for many towns and villages; Boris Johnson was strongly criticised last month for failing to visit some of the communities affected. The extra money is intended to help build 2,000 flood and coastal defence projects, offering better protection for more than 300,000 homes over the next six years, as the country grapples with the consequences of climate change. "Mr Sunak, said:"This Budget will be about delivering on our promises to the British people, and levelling up all parts of the UK is a big part of that.

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