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Flood Control: Finance

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 8th January 2020.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much and what proportion of the flood defence spending allocated following Storm Eva has been spent (a) nationally and (b) in York.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Storm Eva took place on 24 December 2015. Following this between April 2015 and March 2021 the Government is investing £2.7 billion to better protect the country from flooding and coastal erosion. As of March 2019, £1.67 billion of this Government funding has already been invested in flood and coastal erosion risk management (Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management grant-in-aid) nationally.

In the City of York a total of £25.8 million was spent as of March 2019. This includes investment in the Foss Barrier, a strategic floodgate designed to protect properties upstream in the Foss River catchment. Future funding allocated in York from April 2019 onwards is £74.4 million.

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