Cameron under fire over flood defence spending

The Prime Minister has come under renewed fire over flood defence spending after it emerged that figures showing increased funding include money committed by the last government.

David Cameron told the Commons last week that "in this current four-year period, we are spending £2.3 billion, compared with £2.1 billion in the previous period" on flood defences.

Prime Minister David Cameron leaves a flood damaged home in the village of Yalding in Kent. Credit: PA

But the current four-year period dates back 2010/2011 - the last year of spending commitments made under Labour when money for flood management reached a high of £664 million, before being reduced from 2011/2012 as part of the Coalition's spending cuts.

Analysis by Friends of the Earth suggests the Government is spending £2.32 billion in the current spending review (2011/12-2014/15) period, slightly less than £2.366 billion in the previous four years.

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