From 2011: Flood defence funding cut by 8%

Lest we forget: This BBC article from 2011 shows how the Conservative Government has paid no respect to flood defence at all, from the very beginning of their time in office.

Note that projects in Leeds, York, Thirsk and Morpeth were “put on hold” – and now those places have been hit by floods, or threatened by them.

The government will spend £540m a year on flooding defences in England over the next four years – a cut of 8% from previous periods, the environment department has confirmed.

The money will go towards 108 projects already under construction and 187 schemes under consideration.

But projects in Leeds, York, Thirsk and Morpeth have been put on hold.

Environment Minister Richard Benyon disputed claims from Labour’s Mary Creagh that schemes had been cancelled.

Responding to an urgent question in the Commons tabled by Ms Creagh, he said better protection was being provided to more than 145,000 homes.

Source: Flood defence funding cut by 8% – BBC News

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4 thoughts on “From 2011: Flood defence funding cut by 8%

  1. Dez

    Surely not another piece of Tory misrepresentation from that nice man Mr. Camoron? Camoron specifically said on recent TV interview that his people friendly Cons government were spending even more on flood defences and that to say otherwise was a lie….now not so sure who was actually lying but standing around with a lot of peeded off damp northerners saying he had cut their flood budgets he might have got himself lynched or drowned.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      That’s absolutely right and we should never forget that.
      Cameron was prime minister, though, and we should all remember that while he tours flood-hit areas he starved of cash for relief projects over the last five years and more.

  2. David

    If my memory serves me, it was the tories who went into almost complete denial over the existence, let alone effects, of climate change, even back in the 1990s. Now we have Cameron, swanking about in his wellies, blaming, er, climate change for today’s floods. Nothing to do with tory negligence and stupidity. Oh dear, no.

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