MPs call for ‘radical’ flood defence overhaul to protect businesses

Almost a year on since severe flooding hit British towns and cities, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) Committee has called on the Government to adopt a number of proposals to improve the country’s flood management.

Among the recommendations includes a plan to tackle inefficiencies in the Environment Agency (EA) and a strategy to develop a grant scheme to support SMEs unable to secure affordable insurance to install resilience measures by the end of 2017.

Efra chair Neil Parish MP said: “Some five million people in England are at risk of flooding. Winter 2015-16 broke rainfall records. Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank disrupted communities across northern parts of the UK, with Desmond alone costing the UK more than £5bn. We propose a radical alternative to the Government’s National Flood Resilience Review’s limited solutions to the current fragmented, inefficient and ineffective flood risk management arrangements.”



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