Floods: Northamptonshire

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th April 2016.

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Photo of David Mackintosh David Mackintosh Conservative, Northampton South

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.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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:

  • 2013/14 £290,000
  • 2014/15 £288,000
  • 2015/16 £241,000

Of this, the funding provided directly by Defra was:

  • 2013/14 £140,000
  • 2014/15 £140,000
  • 2015/16 £93,000

This Department does not fund the work of the emergency services.

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