The value of flood defence projects on the government’s official list has fallen since December despite the severe weather earlier this year, it has emerged.
The updated Government Construction Pipeline, published today, showed £3.3bn of investment scheduled for anti-flood measures from April 2014 onwards.
This was down from £3.9bn when the previous update was released just before Christmas.
Extreme weather in January and February put major pressure on the Environment Agency and led to the army being called in.
The government said in notes accompanying the latest pipeline that funding set aside at last year’s spending review had yet to be fully allocated to individual flood defence schemes.
“Previously, the pipeline had captured forecast project spend in future years for long-term projects, which was highly variable and has now been stripped out. This does not indicate less is being spent on flood defences,” it insisted.
There were increases in the value of both energy and transport investment in the pipeline.
Overall, the amount of government spending featured rose by more than a tenth to £116bn.
Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI, which compiles the figures, said: “These latest figures represent a huge boost to the UK construction industry.
“Plans of new projects and significant spend in the infrastructure sector should help to dispel concerns that the industry is becoming too reliant on the housing sector.”