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Secure funding for flood protection is needed

The ICE has highlighted the need for sustained investment to ensure a co-ordinated, effective approach to flood and water risk management policy.

Responding to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ recent consultation on a draft floods and water bill management, the ICE raised concerns over the government’s estimation of the cost of plans to better protect communities against flood risk and mitigate coastal erosion.

ICE head of policy Andrew Crudgington said the real costs of flood risk management and mitigation needs to be addressed.

“It’s concerning that in areas such as surface water management, the funding envisaged by government to implement risk mitigation measures looks wholly inadequate.”

Andrew Crudgington

“To ensure the strategies outlined in the government’s recent consultation are able to be effectively implemented, there will need to be a realistic assessment of the levels of investment required in flood risk management, at national and local level. It’s concerning that in areas such as surface water management, the funding envisaged by government to implement risk mitigation measures looks wholly inadequate,” he said.

The ICE response also stressed the need for a high level of cooperation between the key players responsible for delivering on the policies − the Environment Agency, local authorities, regional defence committees and Internal Drainage Boards − to ensure effective delivery of the proposed plans.

Crudgington continued: “The Environment Agency will need firm political backing as well as access to stable resources to be effective in its new strategic overview role.”

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