Lib Dems announce £2bn Flood Prevention Fund

The Liberal Democrats will commit to a £2bn flood prevention fund which focuses on providing support for small community and council-led schemes. The aim is to reduce upstream flooding and the knock-on effects in downstream and coastal areas, as well as improving flood defences, and introducing high standards for flood resilience for building and infrastructure in flood risk areas.

Stephen Gilbert, former MP for St Austell and Newquay said:
“In 2010 many parts of St Austell & Newquay were hit by severe flooding, attracting visits from Prince Charles and the Prime Minister.  At the time I secured significant help for local communities and millions of pounds of investment. These plans will now mean greater investment in flood prevention so that communities will be able to sleep more soundly when it rains.”
Ed Davey, former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said:
“Flooding is exacerbated by climate change so is hardly the fault of communities up and down the country that have been devastated by flooding. In government, it was the Liberal Democrats pushing for proper funding for flood defences. The Conservatives have tried to do flood prevention on the cheap, because they simply don’t care about the misery it causes.
“People don’t have to settle for this cold, mean-spirited vision of Britain.”

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