England’s flood-hit towns finally receive funding

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A £540m fund has been granted to the areas hit by flooding last December, where over 16,000 homes were damaged. Earlier government cuts left many of these towns without appropriate flood defences. They will now receive the fund as highlighted in Wednesday’s budget.

The fund will be split between several flood-hit areas, including Leeds, Kendal, York, Somerset, and Kent. The north of England is estimated to receive at least £150m of the money.

Nearly 300 flood-resistance projects were left unfinished after heavy cuts from the coalition government. The moves received criticism from climate change reversal advocates, and scientists made many warnings regarding the potential damages.

The £540m fund is derived from increases in insurance premium tax, and though a widely welcomed move, has been met with some scepticism.

“We need to think more strategically about how to manage the landscape and river catchments in ways that hold back and store flood water where it can do least damage.” said Daniel Johns, head of adaptation at the Committee on Climate Change. Elsewhere he referred to the fund as “meaningless.”

The government’s ‘National Flood Resilience Review’ is currently assessing the effects of flood-resistant technology against climate change damage.

Photo Credit: S. Rae on Flickr.

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