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Senior MP 'deeply concerned' about flood defences

Public Accounts Committee chairwoman Margaret Hodge. Credit: PA Wire

The chair of the influential Public Accounts Committee has expressed "deep concern" at a report saying is not spending enough to maintain flood defences in some areas.

Responding to the report, Labour MP Margaret Hodge, said:

I am deeply concerned that current levels of spending are not enough to maintain flood protection, with five million homes at risk of flooding and people's livelihoods in jeopardy.

It is alarming that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has cut spending on flood protection by 10% between 2011-12 and 2014-15 and it had to react with an emergency bailout of £270 million following the winter floods in 2013. Surely this short-term reactive approach is not value for money in the long-term.

– Margaret Hodge

Fake goats cheese made from sheep's milk found on sale in supermarkets

Fake goats cheese has been found to be on sale Credit: PA Wire

Fake goats cheese made from sheep's milk has been found on sale in supermarkets following a shortage of milk from the animals.

Consumer group Which? commissioned tests on 76 goats cheese samples from supermarkets, delis and markets sold at eight UK locations.

In six cases, half or more of the product was found to be sheep's cheese.

Three of these contained more than 80% sheep's cheese, three contained more than 50%, while three other cheeses contained smaller amounts - around 5%.

Which? said it would be following up its findings with the companies involved and the Food Standards Agency.

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