The National Audit Office (NAO) has published its 2014 report on flood defence spending in England, highlighting a fall in underlying spend, efficiency improvements by the Environment Agency (EA) and rising flood risk for some less-populated areas. The NAO says that EA will have to make difficult decisions to on whether to maintain existing flood defences, or to let some of them lapse. An interesting blog from the Adaptation Sub-Committee explores some of the issues in more depth.
- National Audit Office: Strategic flood risk management
- Adaptation Sub-Committee: National Audit Office finds evidence of under-investment in flood risk management
- BBC: Flood defending ‘insufficient’, NAO warns
- GOV.UK: Government response to National Audit Office report into Strategic Flood risk management