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£420M for Scotland’s flood defences

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The Scottish Government has pledged £42M a year to protect more than 10,000 homes from flooding over the next decade.

The Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) agreed to spend the money on 40 new flood protection projects and also support local flood risk management plans. There will also be more than 130 flood protection studies.

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This agreement will give local authorities the certainty they need to deliver the actions set out in their Local Flood Risk Management Plans to help protect individuals, business and communities from the danger of flooding.”

Cosla spokesperson for development, economy and sustainability councillor Stephen Hagan added: “Protecting communities is at the heart of what local government does and is the reason why local government has committed this substantial resource for flood protection. Climate change, and the associated increase in flooding events, poses a significant national risk. This is why investment in flood protection schemes and associated infrastructure is critical to protecting vulnerable householders, businesses and communities, and why the strong working relationship between local and Scottish Government is so important.”

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