Published: 26th Feb 2021

An influential group of MPs has warned that the government is ‘simply not doing enough’ to protect homes from floods or preventing more being built on flood plains. A new report by the public accounts committee warns that despite the obvious risks, the number of new houses built on flood plains could rise by more than 50% over the next 50 years. In particular, it says the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has not ensured that all regions, deprived areas in particular, get a fair share of the available funding.  It found the Environment Agency’s own research in 2020 shows that deprived areas are more at risk from flooding, yet the proportion of all homes ‘better protected’ that were in the 20% most deprived areas dropped from 29% in 2014 to just 8% in 2019. The report states there is also significant variation in the level of flood defence investment per property at risk across regions. And the MPs said they were ‘not convinced’ that Defra has yet done … (To read the full article, subscribe below)