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£700m for UK flood defense, £150m more for Yorkshire and Cumbria

Staff writer |
An extra £700m in flood defence funding will help deliver the government’s commitment to ensure communities are protected against increasingly extreme weather.

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This comes on top of the £2.3bn of planned spending up to 2021 - exceeding the Government’s manifesto commitment to build 1,500 flood defence schemes and representing a real terms increase in capital investment that is up from £1.7bn in the last Parliament and £1.5bn 2005-2010.

In total £150m of capital spending will build flood defence schemes in areas affected by the December floods which will bring protection to more than 7,400 properties.

This will include:

- £115m extra for Yorkshire with schemes in Leeds, York and the Calder Valley – to better protect 3,000 homes and 1,700 businesses and other properties. And the government will fund the completion of the Leeds scheme beyond 2021.
- £33m extra in Cumbria for schemes in Kendal, Appleby, Flimby, Eamont Bridge, Wigton, Pooley Bridge, Rickerby Park and Braithwaite – to better protect 1,700 properties and key local infrastructure.

The government has also committed investing up to £25m in flood defences in Carlisle once the Environment Agency has concluded a review of its needs in the city.

This brings the total capital commitment by 2021 in Yorkshire to £400m, with at least £43m being spent in Cumbria.

The £700m extra support also includes: a £160m boost for the maintenance budget, taking it to more than £1bn in this parliament. This will help protect an extra 20,000 houses by keeping existing defences operational; and money to fund recommendations from the on-going National Flood Resilience Review.