The government has annocued a £100 million allowance for communities which have suffered from repeated flooding to better protect their properties.
The £100 million Frequently Flooded Allowance will improve access to public funding for these communities, which are often smaller areas requiring more complex flood schemes, meaning that community-wide defences are not always viable.
The funding will be targeted at eligible communities where 10 or more properties have flooded twice or more in the last 10 years, helping to both accelerate existing projects and deliver new ones.
It is anticipated around 80 schemes will receive support over the next four years.
This allowance will be part of the government’s current programme of investment in flood and coastal defences.
The government announced in 2020 that the amount invested in flood and coastal erosion schemes would be doubled in England to £5.2 billion between 2021 and 2027, providing around 2,000 flood defences.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said:
“Flooding is a miserable experience, especially for people who suffer its impacts time and again, and I feel we have a moral imperative to help.
“Our new Frequently Flooded Allowance will boost schemes in areas which are hit repeatedly and reduce the risk of flooding in the future.
“This new allowance will provide extra support for these areas and forms part of our major £5.2 billion effort to build around 2,000 flood schemes by 2027 and level-up defences across the country.”
Sir James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency, said:
“The impacts of climate change are becoming all too familiar both at home and around the world.
“While we cannot prevent all flooding, this allowance will help better protect homes and businesses at risk from repeated incidents.
“The Environment Agency has a successful track record in delivering flood and coastal defence schemes across the country, having better protected more than 314,000 homes from flooding since 2015.”
Communities will be selected through the Environment Agency’s annual refresh of the £5.2 billion capital programme – which sets out the latest information on each project in the programme and the amount of grant-in-aid allocated to that project in that year.