A Climate Emergency; Flood Defences for the Future

Research issued: 26/02/2020

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As floods continue to devastate communities across the UK with increasing intensity, how can we better protect our homes and businesses?

The number of homes at risk of flooding is due to double to five million, in less than 50 years. However, our latest analysis shows that in England, the funding allocated for existing flood defence infrastructure has only increased by £3m since 2010.

Now is the time to think critically about how we work together more effectively; harnessing the knowledge of our industry experts and collaborating to operate across electoral ward boundaries to deliver essential infrastructure.

By analysing data requested from a freedom of information request to the Environment Agency, we have reviewed spend and funding allocations from 2009/10 - 2018/19 across England's regions and looked at their contributions to the Environment Agency through local levies.

The recommendations put forward in this report aim to provide workable solutions to more efficiently enhance flood defences; protecting more homes, businesses and communities, despite the funding challenges.

Mark Robinson
Scape Group chief executive

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