Future Governments need to spend more money on flood defences

October 26, 2014 5:18 PM

Alistair Cameron, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman for Tewkesbury has said that future governments will need to spend more money on flood defences in order to cope with the impact of climate change.

Tewkesbury AbbeyThe Environment Agency has estimated that an extra £20 million per year will need to be invested in flood defences between 2010 and 2035 simply in order to maintain current levels of protection. Alistair said: "It is vital that a future government provides this additional level of investment in our flood defences or else we will run the risk of future flooding events."

Alistair also believes that stricter planning laws are needed to cover the flood risk downstream of any development.

In addition, Alistair wants the government to work with small business organisations and the insurance industry to make sure that small businesses can obtain affordable insurance in flood prone areas.

Alistair said: "Since the floods of 2007, there have been a number of warnings during recent years of flood risk due to heavy rainfall. We therefore have to take action, including providing additional investment, to tackle this flood risk. The National Audit Office have reported a saving of £8 for every £1 of capital investment in flood defences."