Flood Control: Greater Manchester

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th March 2020.

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Photo of Jim McMahon Jim McMahon Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government) (Devolution)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding has been allocated to each Greater Manchester local authority area for flood defence works since 2010.

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

The Environment Agency (EA) administers Grant in Aid (GiA) funding on behalf of Defra, investing in flood and coastal risk management schemes across England wherever the risk is highest, giving careful consideration to where each scheme will benefit the most people and property. The EA uses a consistent set of criteria to prioritise funding for schemes proposed by all risk management authorities, which ensures a fair distribution of funding based on agreed priorities, principles and needs.

In Greater Manchester, the EA has invested £50.7 million in flood defences since 2010, providing better protection for around 6,020 homes.

The table below shows the capital GiA expenditure on flood and coastal erosion risk management between April 2010 and March 2019, by local authority, within Greater Manchester. This include schemes led by the EA and by the local authorities.

Local Authority

2010/11 to 2018/19 Government Investment (£k)

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council


Bury Metropolitan Borough Council


Manchester City Council


Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council


Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council


Salford City Council


Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council


Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council


Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council


Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council




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