Funding gap may hamper flood risk management

The government’s response to the Pitt Report has given local authorities responsibility for surface water management. But the Local Government Association has warned funding is inadequate.

Local authorities will struggle to carry out their new role of managing surface water flooding without significant extra funding, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

The government announced a £15 million fund for local authorities to manage flooding risk in its response to the Pitt Report on the 2007 summer floods, published in December.1 But an LGA survey in November revealed nearly two thirds of counci

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