Published: 27th Nov 2020

The proportion of money spent on flood defences in deprived areas has ‘reduced substantially’ in the last six years, according to a new report. The report published by the National Audit Office (NAO) claims while the government is on track to achieve its target for better protecting 300,000 more homes from flooding by March 2021, it does not have a comprehensive way of measuring how it has managed to reduce the overall level of flood risk across England. It also notes the proportion of funding for flood defence going to the 20% most deprived areas has ‘reduced substantially’ since 2014. The government requires many flood schemes to be part-funded by communities, local authorities or businesses in the private sector. And while the system includes provisions for deprived communities who may have difficulty raising this type of investment, very few of the homes better protected in 2019 were in deprived areas. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)