Flood Control

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 7 February 2024.

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Photo of Ashley Dalton Ashley Dalton Shadow Minister (Equalities Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Minister of the Cabinet Office on the role of the Government Resilience Framework in strengthening national flooding preparedness.

Photo of Robbie Moore Robbie Moore The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Secretary of State has regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues on a wide range of issues, including future flood preparedness, and Cabinet discussions are considered confidential.

Preparing for flooding in England remains a priority for Defra and the Environment Agency (EA) to protect communities, as part of the ‘whole of society’ approach to resilience outlined in the UK Government Resilience Framework, which states that every level of society has a part to play in building national resilience. Recent communications that strengthen national flooding preparedness include the EA annual Flood Action Campaign which began on 20 November 2023, to encourage people to prepare for flooding. This promotes the steps that people can take to protect themselves, their family and homes. Members of the public can sign up to receive free flood warnings from the EA to keep them aware of expected or ongoing flood risks to their local area.

Defra and the EA also work with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to share flood risk information, discuss the readiness of Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) for flooding, and to identify particularly vulnerable areas. The EA works in close collaboration with LRFs across the country to develop plans and procedures to address flood risks.

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