By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent, for the Telegraph
New flood defences will be built around the country, Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary has announced, but concerns remain over whether enough money has been allocated to protect homes from the increasing risk of extreme weather.
Mr Paterson gave the go ahead for building to start on 93 new flood defences this year, including projects in Exeter and Ipswich that will create thousands of new jobs and allow economic growth by protecting businesses. In total the Government is to spend £294 million on flood risk management in 2013. But Labour pointed out that spending is down almost £50m compared to previous years.
There is also growing anxiety over the Government’s failure to make a deal with insurers so that people in flood risk areas are able to insure their homes. Last year was the second wettest on record and the Met Office have warned that “extreme” rainfall, and the floods it can cause, is getting more frequent, possibly as a result of climate change. Read more >