- Government publishes long-term plan to tackle the risks of flooding and coastal erosion
- What is the background to the Policy Statement?
- What are the goals of the Policy Statement?
- What are the key policies in the Policy Statement?
- Upgrading and expanding national flood defences and infrastructure
- Managing the flow of water to both reduce flood risk and manage drought
- Harnessing the power of nature to not only reduce flood risk, but deliver benefits for climate, nature, and communities
- Better preparing communities for when flooding does occur
- Ensuring every area of England has a comprehensive local plan for dealing with flooding and coastal erosion
- How will £170m be used to accelerate flood defence construction?
- What is the £200m Innovative Resilience Programme?
- What are the proposed changes to the Flood Re insurance scheme?
- What has been the industry reaction?
Environment analysis: The government has published its long term plan to tackle the risks of flooding and coastal erosion. This comprehensive plan includes significant investment to create approximately 2,000 new flood and coastal defences to better protect 336,000 properties in England by 2027. The policy statement builds on the approach taken in the 25 Year Plan. The goals of the strategy are to ‘create a nation more resilient to future flood and coastal erosion risk and in doing so, reduce the risk of harm to people, the environment and the economy’. The policy also introduces proposed changes to the Flood Re insurance scheme, a new Innovative Resilience Programme and accelerated flood defence construction.
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