Flood Control: Finance

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered am ar 2 Ebrill 2024.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much and what proportion of the flood and coastal erosion risk management budget has been (a) allocated and (b) spent in each of the last four years.

Photo of Robbie Moore Robbie Moore The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

In March 2020, the Government doubled its investment in flood defences to a record £5.2 billion between 2021 and 2027 to better protect communities across England from flooding and coastal erosion. We are in the third year of this Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management investment programme. Since April 2021, approximately £1.5 billion of this funding has been invested in over 200 flood protection schemes, better protecting over 71,000 properties.

The table summarises the amount of flood and coastal erosion risk management budget that has been spent in each of the last 4 years:

2015-2021 Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Investment Programme

2021-2027 Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Programme

April 2019 to March 2020

April 2020 to March 2021

April 2021 to March 2022

April 2022 to March 2023

Grant in Aid expenditure (millions)

£ 501

£ 610

£ 742

£ 754

Defra publishes central government expenditure figures for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) annually on gov.uk. Funding for flood and coastal erosion risk management in England - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). This publication shows both resource and capital spend on FCERM for each financial year since 2005/06, as well as indicative allocations for the following financial year.

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