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Yorkshire homes to benefit from flood defence funding

Up to 75,000 homes across Yorkshire could be set to benefit from a £266 million pound flood defence programme for this region announced by the government.

Leeds is one of fourteen hundred schemes to be earmarked for the six year programme with up to forty million pounds of investment , while Wakefield gets nearly £17 million and Skipton nearly £14 million.

It is understood the programmes in central Leeds and an £80 million plan for the Humber estuary are due to begin by April 2016.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said today that money will help homeowners and also bring new business to some parts of the region.

Christine Talbot spoke to Dorothy Fairburn of the Country Land and Business Association in the North which represents land and business owners here and I asked her if this news is as good as it sounded:

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Hull tidal surge: One year on

The announcement today that £80 million would be spent on tidal defences in Hull comes a year after the city, and much of the coastline around it was devastated by floods.

Hundreds of people were forced out of their homes by a combination of strong winds and high tides.

Our reporter James Webster has been back to some of the areas that were worst affected:

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FoE: Leaked documents show £1/2 bn flood shortfall

Environmental organisation Friends of the Earth has said leaked documents from regional flood and coastal committees showed a half a billion pound shortfall in the government's flood budget over the next six years.

Whatever happened to 'money no object'? These flood defence plans simply don't hold water and are wholly inadequate to keep pace with rising flood risk.

Failing to tackle climate change comes with a heavy cost, and it's not right that the Government makes flood-risk households pay the price for its failure to do so.

– Climate campaigner Guy Shrubsole
Flooded fields near Muchelney in Somerset last month. Credit: PA

The group said extra funding for projects needed to be found from other sources, while also pointing to a recent National Audit Office report showing a 6% cut in funds for maintaining existing flood defences during this parliament.

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Cameron defends spending on flood defences

David Cameron has defended the level of government spending on flood defences.

Speaking as he visited a channel being built to divert water to the west of flood-hit Oxford, he said spending had increased on anti-flood measures since the last parliament.

"The first thing that we are doing is that we've made sure that all the flood defences that were damaged last year have been repaired and replaced, and that's good news," he said.

"Today we are setting out £2.3 billion to be spent on capital projects - i.e., flood prevention projects over the next Parliament. That's going to protect over 300,000 homes, including here in Oxford where we've got the Western Conveyance, £300 million spent across the Thames Valley, but a lot of money spent in other parts of the country too."

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Friends of the Earth: Flood plans 'don't hold water'

Environmental campaigners say Government spending will not keep up with the increased risk of flooding due to the effects of climate change.

Flood defences remain in the village of Burrowbridge in Somerset. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Friends of the Earth said leaked dodcuments from regional flood and coastal committees showed a half a billion pound shortfall in the government's flood budget over the next six years, with extra funding for projects needing to be found from other sources.

The group also pointed to a recent National Audit Office report showing a 6% cut in funds for maintaining existing flood defences during this parliament.

Discussing today's announcement on where £2.3 billion of planned flood spending would be applied, environmental group's climate campaigner Guy Shrubsole said: "Whatever happened to 'money no object'? These flood defence plans simply don't hold water and are wholly inadequate to keep pace with rising flood risk."

Failing to tackle climate change comes with a heavy cost, and it's not right that the Government makes flood-risk households pay the price for its failure to do so.

– Guy Shrubsole, Friends of the Earth

Teen's daylight robbery terror

Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery on Owl Lane, Ossett on Friday 28 November.

The incident happened at 10.40am when two males broke into the house and searched the downstairs before moving upstairs and demanding that a 16 year old girl in the property show them were the valuables were. They then made off with cash and jewellery.

"Thankfully the victim was not hurt during this incident but was left very shaken by it. I would appeal to anyone who saw two males acting suspiciously in the area to get in contact."

– Det Con Phil Davis, Wakefield CID
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