Magazine article Public Finance

Flood Bill 'Must Give Clear Role for Local Government'

Magazine article Public Finance

Flood Bill 'Must Give Clear Role for Local Government'

Article excerpt

A draft Flood and Water Management Bill has been criticised by local government groups for failing to clarify councils' role in tackling emergencies.

The Bill, published by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn on April 21, aims to reduce the likelihood and impact of flooding, and improve systems for dealing with disasters.

But the plans were swiftly attacked by bodies representing local government, who want more powers for councils. They argue the Bill does not address the unclear lines of accountability that hampered response to the floods in summer 2007.

Andy Johnston, representing the Local Government Flood Forum, said: 'There needs to be greater clarity about what councils will be responsible for and about how members of the public will be supported. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.