To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what resources her Department allocated to local authorities and the emergency services in Northamptonshire to develop their capacity to deal with flash floods in each of the last three years.
The Government provides funding to Lead Local Flood Authorities to carry out their duties in relation to managing and co-ordinating local flood risk under the Flood and Water Management Act. Local flood risk includes surface water run off. However, local authorities decide what to spend according to local priorities.
For the past three years this funding has been provided through two mechanisms i.e. direct grant from Defra via the Local Services Support Grant and from the Department for Communities and Local Government through the Local Government Finance Settlement. The total funding provided to Northamptonshire County Council in the last three years for their role as a Lead Local Flood Authority was:
Of this, the funding provided directly by Defra was:
This Department does not fund the work of the emergency services.