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UK: Coastline

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Fearn Lord Fearn Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what grants they make available for repairs and restorations to coastlines in England and Wales; and what grants were awarded in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Environment Agency administers the allocation of Flood Grant In Aid in England. Amongst other aspects of flood and coast erosion risk management, this funding is used to construct new defences in accordance with Defra's funding policies and to maintain or alter existing defences. The Environment Agency's best understanding of the total funding made available for this work on the coast, across all risk management authorities in England is:

Financial Year Total Funding
2008/09 £85.7m
2009/10 £129.3m
2010/11 £116.9m

The Welsh Government, together with the Welsh European Funding Office, provides funding to the Environment Agency in Wales to undertake flood risk management works. Funding for Environment Agency schemes and maintenance work on the coast has been assessed as the following:

Financial Year Total Funding
2008/9 £0.5m
2009/10 £2m
2010/11 £3.8m

Local Authorities in Wales also receive funding directly from the Welsh Government for the coastal defence work they carry out.

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