"Funding for flood defences needs to be devolved to local areas and sit within a new national framework for addressing the climate emergency.”
Responding to a report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee which says that a lack of clear flood resilience targets leaves England at risk of ‘playing catch-up’ with climate change, Cllr David Renard, Environment spokesman for the Local Government Association, said:
“Flooding can devastate communities, causing enormous disruption to families and businesses and resulting in huge clean-up bills.
“We particularly support recommendations in the report for councils to have the resources they need to help factor flood projections into planning decisions and for an action plan to address the mental health impacts on flood-hit communities.
“Government needs to ensure the reduction of overall flood risk is comprehensively measured and that the new national flooding and coastal erosion strategy is reflected in local plans with councils supported to lead and implement the new strategy locally. The planning process is also critical to ensure flood plains are not over developed.
“Councils are best placed to ensure that flood defence money is directed towards projects that best reflect local needs, including protecting key roads and bridges to keep local residents and businesses moving. Funding for flood defences needs to be devolved to local areas and sit within a new national framework for addressing the climate emergency.”