Coastal Erosion: Compensation

Treasury written question – answered on 17th July 2018.

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Photo of David Duguid David Duguid Conservative, Banff and Buchan

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department’s policy is on the provision of compensation for (a) individuals and (b) businesses affected by coastal erosion.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

As a devolved policy matter, responsibility for management of coastal erosion and flood risk lies with the Devolved Administrations.

Although there is no automatic right to Government compensation for damage from flooding or coastal erosion, we recognise the risk to coastal communities. Therefore in England the Government is investing a total of £885 million over six years - £165 million on coastal erosion projects and £690 million on schemes to better protect communities against flooding from the sea.

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