Millions set aside for east coast flood defences

More than 150 million pounds is to be spent on better flood defences in our region. The Treasury has announced it will spend £80 million in the Humber Estuary and £73 million in Boston. The promise just a few days before the first anniversary of the tidal surge that brought widespread flooding down the east coast

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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:

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."

Percy gives his reaction on flood defence cash

Andrew Percy, the Conservative MP for Brigg & Goole, has given his reaction to the Government's announcement for £150m to be maid available to improve flood defences on the East coast.

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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

" Every little helps" says Hull North MP

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has reacted to news of the £80m allocated by the Government to flood defence works around the Humber.

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has welcomed funding for the Humber's flood defences Credit: ITV Yorkshire

“This is not new money, but it tells us what the Humber’s share is of funding announced previously by Ministers. Overall flood defence investment has actually been cut since 2010.

“This £80m over six years for the Humber should be set against the £888m minimum identified by the Environment Agency as what’s needed for flood protection works around the Humber over the next ten years.

“Today’s allocation is therefore 9% of what’s needed - but it’s a start and every little helps.

"Local MPs will continue working on a cross-party basis to see that this £80m materialises and lobby for the other 91% in terms of what we need for flood defences around the Humber.

“It’s notable that the biggest allocation for flood defence works announced today was the £196m for the Thames Estuary.”

– Diana Johnson MP

£266m for Yorkshire's new flood defences

Homes in Leeds city centre and West Hull will be better protected from floods thanks to an unprecedented six-year £2.3 billion flood defence programme, benefitting Yorkshire to the tune of £266 million, which has been announced by the government today.

The new flood defence scheme in Leeds, just one of 207 schemes in Yorkshire getting the green light today, is worth over £45 million and will deliver savings of more than £88 million to the local economy by protecting people’s homes and businesses.

Some examples of the schemes funded in the first two year construction phase in Yorkshire and north of the Humber include:

Leeds flood alleviation scheme. A partnership project led by Leeds City Council, which will reduce the risk of flooding in the economic heart of the city, protecting over 50 homes and 154 businesses.

Willerby and Derringham flood alleviation scheme in West Hull. A partnership project led by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which will see the creation of a series of lagoons for rainwater along the Great Gutter Valley to the west of Hull. When complete, the scheme will reduce flooding to over 8,000 properties.·

On the Humber estuary £80 million will be spent on a range of projects. These form part of the continual and ongoing programme of investment as set out in the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy.

“Protecting communities from the devastating effects of flooding is crucially important, so I have earmarked £266 million to protect homes and businesses across Yorkshire and north of the Humber.

“Investing £2.3 billion to support 1,400 schemes across the country will protect 300,000 homes from the north-east to the south-west. As well as ensuring people’s safety and peace of mind will also bring over £30 billion of economic benefit, making it great value for money as part of this government’s drive for a stronger economy and a fairer society.”

– Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury

“Flood protection is vital and under our plans the Humber estuary and great cities like Leeds will be better protected as we deliver 207 schemes across Yorkshire that will bring peace of mind to residents and businesses.

“We are spending £3.2 billion in flood management and defences over the course of this parliament - half a billion pounds more than in the previous parliament. This, combined with the record level of investment in capital we have set out today, will improve protection to 465,000 homes and businesses by the end of the decade.”

– Elizabeth Truss, Environment Secretary
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