Protection against flooding

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

Are you engaging with local authorities on how they plan to use the recent funding from Government to help protect against flooding?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

It remains challenging for local authorities to access Government flood defence funding for surface water schemes (see MQ 2021/4206). This is because there is often insufficient funding, resource and capacity within local authorities’ flood risk departments to apply for, and develop the evidence needed to secure funding for small surface water schemes.

My officers work with local authorities to aid in accessing and using Government funding, as well as identifying other funds to deliver surface water schemes, including my own Green New Deal programmes (see MQs 2021/4210 and 2021/0002). My flooding Roundtable is bringing together key partners to help improve governance and develop a London wide vision, strategy and implementation plan for surface water flood management. It will set out what measures are needed, including the costs, to better manage the risk in future.

I continue to lobby government to provide greater resources for flood protection including surface water flooding.