To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent from the public purse in dealing with (a) flood recovery and (b) repair of flood damage in Gloucestershire in 2007.
The Department for Communities and Local Government is leading co-ordination of the wider Government flood recovery effort to help communities return to normality following the flooding last summer. To date, £14.8 million has been awarded by various Government Departments to councils within Gloucestershire to support their recovery efforts.
The Environment Agency's estimated annual spend in Gloucestershire on controlling development, flood warning and awareness, flood risk mapping, maintenance of flood defences and watercourses is £1.5 million. The Environment Agency has spent an estimated extra £400,000 in Gloucestershire since the summer floods of 2007 on flood recovery, data collection, watercourse maintenance and repairs to flood defence assets.