The government has (13 March 2024) responded to the Commission’s study on reducing the risks of surface water flooding, published in November 2022. While it accepts the principles behind a number of the Commission’s recommendations, the government’s response – in the Commission’s view – makes few new commitments on steps to manage surface water flood risk more actively, […]

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The housing market is volatile and ever-changing, but have you ever considered the potential risk factors of flooding to your property’s value? With climate change continuing to be a global concern and sea levels rising, homes located near lakes, rivers and coastal areas are at risk of irreversible damage in the event of flooding. Recent […]

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From Water Power and Dam Construction UK scientists have conducted an unprecedented rapid assessment of the environmental aftermath of the breach of the Kakhovka Dam, aiming to aid in the recovery of a critical biodiversity hotspot. Following the breach of the dam located in southern Ukraine, amid a warzone, the UK Centre for Ecology & […]

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The government has announced that 19 councils are set to be granted exceptional financial support for the next financial year. In principle support for these councils for 2024-25 is worth around £1.5bn, enabling them to use capital receipts from asset sales or borrowing to fund day-to-day costs up to that amount. Further in principle support for […]

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Forty projects which will use natural processes such as planting trees and creating wetlands to reduce the risk of flooding are set to benefit from a £25 million government programme, Floods Minister Robbie Moore announced 23 February. The announcement comes after a wide range of applications were submitted to the Environment Agency by community groups, […]

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The Environment Agency has launched a campaign to highlight the risks of growing high-risk crops, which can lead to pollution and flooding, in the South West of England Parts of Cornwall and north and east Devon are considered at risk due to underlying soil types, slope and proximity to sensitive watercourses, roads and properties. Inadequate […]

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The Government does not know if it is making the UK more resilient to flooding. In a new report, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) warns that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has no overall numerical target for the UK’s level of long-term flood resilience, and so cannot know if it is […]

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Every year flooding affects communities around the UK. The Chartered Institute for Water and Environmental Management recently contended that although there has been expert agreement for many years about reforms, policy change has been slow. In part, this is due to the complex governance system within which flooding occurs. In this article, Professor Graham Haughton and Professor […]

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