LGA Respond to Flood Protection Report

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The Environmental Audit Committee has published a report that focuses on flood protection. The Local Government Association (LGA) has responded to the report, backing the work of local authorities that manage flood risks and implement strategies.

Councillor Peter Box, LGA Environment spokesman, said: “Councils are at the sharp end of responding to and managing flooding and are going the extra mile to prepare and protect their communities. Local authorities are also doing everything they can to alleviate the risk to residents, which includes working hard to establish and maintain evidence-based local flood risk strategies.

“However, we agree with the committee that councils need to be better supported by government. New measures that could make a positive difference include devolving new flood defence funding to local areas, further incentives for private sector investment in flood defences and mandatory flood-proof requirements for new homes and offices.”