There is clearly a need for integration across Government – just look the departments involved!

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Environment Agency, Rory Stewart MP, The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, Department for Communities and Local Government, Department of Energy & Climate Change, Government Office for Science and HM Treasury + others

Defra: Environment Secretary announces work to identify additional flood protection measures in Cumbria – a need for better local co-ordination and

Elizabeth Truss said:

After seeing first-hand the impact of the flooding in the north of England it is clear that the growing threat from more extreme weather events means we must reassure ourselves, and those communities at risk, that our defences, our modelling and our future plans are robust.

The Environment Secretary also announced today a National Flood Resilience Review to better protect the country from future flooding and increasingly extreme weather events.

She outlined how her department would look afresh at how we calculate flood risk, in light of recent events, to be delivered by a new cross Government team. This will see Government updating ‘worst case scenario’ planning, considering the future impacts of climate change and carrying out a risk assessment of critical infrastructure, like electricity substations.

The review, also to be published next summer, will be led by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Oliver Letwin and include the Government’s Chief Scientist, Defra, DECC, DCLG, HMT and the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency.

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