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Budget statement is 'just the first step' says Chair

11 March 2020

Today's Budget statement sees funding for flood defences in England doubled, but Chair of the EFRA Select Committee warns that the Government will need to carefully consider its strategy before the spending is implemented.

In his statement, Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed that £5.2 billion would be made available from April 2021 until 2026- up from £2.6bn in the five-year period from 2015.

Chair of the EFRA Select Committee, Neil Parish MP, said:

'I'm glad more money has been invested in flooding. It's only right that spending increases in line with more frequent and severe weather. But this is just the first step. Vital questions remain about how funds will be allocated. Through our inquiry, the EFRA Committee will be leaving no stone unturned in assessing whether current arrangements for flood management are fit for purpose. We must learn lessons from this winter's terrible storms, and shape future policies to ensure homes and businesses are protected from flood damage.'

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