Magazine article Public Finance

Flood Defence Preparations 'Inadequate'

Magazine article Public Finance

Flood Defence Preparations 'Inadequate'

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Councils lack the funding and expertise to make adequate preparations against the kinds of floods that devastated some areas in 2007, a survey of local authorities in England shows.

Some 60% of councils feel they don't have sufficient funds to invest in flood defences, according to the survey, carried out by the Local Government Association and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Around a quarter of the 257 councils surveyed said that finding staff with the right kind of technical skills and expertise to combat flooding was also a problem.

The findings come as the government is due to make public its response to the Pitt report, which recommended that local authorities take the lead role in managing flood risk in their areas.

But according to the LGA, councils suffer from a lack of clarity about where the responsibility for flood prevention lies, with the different organisations that manage drains, rivers and water plants failing to work adequately together. …

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