Statistics watchdog: 'Flood defence spending cut by £247m'

The head of the UK's statistics watchdog has contradicted the Government's claim on record levels of spending on flood defences and called for official figures to be published "in the public interest", the Guardian reports.

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UK Statistics Authority: Flood spending cut by £247m

The UK Statistics Authority said it looked into the figures on the amount of public cash spent on flood defences and agreed with the analysis by the House of Commons Library, which found funding had been cut by £247 million in real terms, the Guardian reports.

It has called for the government to publish the official figures.

Read: Statistics watchdog 'calls for flood spending figures'

Following a complaint by Labour MP Hugh Bayley, Sir Andrew Dilnot said they looked into the matter, and found:

  • Public cash spent from 2007 to 2011 was £2.37billion
  • Public cash spent from 2011 to 2015 will be £2.34
  • In real terms this amounts to a £247 million funding cut between the two periods

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