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South East councils receive £355,000 flood funding boost

A £355,000 boost in funding has been given by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to councils in the South East to help them plan for the risk of future floods.

The money will help local authorities identify where there is a significantly high risk of flooding and where maps and action plans are required.

The funding allocation is part of a £2M fund announced in July at the Local Government Flood Forum. The money is being allocated to Lead Local Authorities to produce Preliminary Flood Risk Assessments which will assess the risks in their region.

Environment minister Richard Benyon said: “These funds will go to the local flood authorities so they can prepare their own flood risk assessments and identify the implications of flooding in their area, and plan accordingly.

“Local authorities have a vital role in managing flood risks and we aim to give them all the support we can, not only through funding for defences, but also by providing support and guidance in predicting and preparing for the risks.”

The Government is committed to take forward the findings of the Pitt Review and last week brought together key representatives from the insurance industry, the National Flood Forum, the Environment Agency and local government to discuss the challenges in managing future flood risks at their flood summit.

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