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LGA Calls for Flood-Risk Action

Magazine article Public Finance

LGA Calls for Flood-Risk Action

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Town hall leaders have urged ministers to invest in flood defences now or risk repeating the devastation that hit England this summer.

In an official submission to Sir Michael Pitt's Lessons learned review of the summer's floods, the Local Government Association called for urgent implementation of a plan to reduce flood risk across the country.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has promised to increase flood prevention funds from £600m to £800m. But council leaders are concerned that this money is not due to come on stream until 2010/11. They warn that the three-year delay could prompt a repeat of this summer's floods.

Paul Bettison, chair of the LGA's environment board, said: 'The prime minister's decision to invest more in flood defences was also a positive move, but three years is simply too long to wait There is no guarantee we will not see a repeat of the heavy rainfall which led to that flooding, and so it is vital we start improving our systems and defences as soon as possible. …

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