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MPs vote against independent review into government flood response

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MPs have voted against a Labour motion to launch an independent review looking at the government's response to flooding.

Last week Snaith, Gowdall, East Cowick and West Cowick were the latest areas to be affected by severe flooding after the River Aire burst its banks, leaving homes and businesses underwater.

At an Opposition Day debate the plans were voted against 328 to 227.

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Meanwhile, the House of Commons Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee has started an inquiry scrutinising the government's plans for flood risk management in England.

Evidence will be heard from a range of experts, affected communities, and officials to look at the effectiveness of current approaches.

The group will question levels of investment, how people affected have been involved in decision making, and how natural flood management measures can be integrated. The role of insurance and planning policy in protecting businesses and property from flooding will also be investigated.

The Chairman of the committee says it is important the approach to adverse weather is scrutinised so lessons can be learned.

Recent extreme weather has wrought devastating damage on peoples' homes, livelihoods and health. Our climate is changing rapidly, and we need to prepare ourselves for what could be a turbulent new normal. That's why it's crucial that the Government's approach to managing flood risk holds up to scrutiny.

The new Parliament is an opportunity to see in long-term policies which will take our constituents' concerns into account when protecting them from the effects of severe weather. As the last month has shown us, this isn't a problem that's going to go away. Our communities need the necessary support to adapt, so that in the future, those who remain at risk will be better prepared.

– Neil Parish MP, Chair of the EFRA Committee