Only 334 flood defence projects will receive funding in 2011/12, the Environment Agency revealed in February.1
Some 630 were meant to get funding under plans drawn up before last year’s spending review.
However, since then the environment department (DEFRA) is cutting its capital budget for flood protection by almost £100m a year over the next four years (ENDS Report 432, pp 7-8).
Most of the £521m funding will go to schemes already under construction to ensure they are completed. Only 21 of the projects involve starting work on new defences and these will provide protection to 13,000 households.
In November, DEFRA launched a consultation on plans to overhaul the system of who pays for flood defences.
It wants greater contributions from councils, and businesses that benefit from schemes (ENDS Report 431, p 38).