DEFRA awards NW authorities with funding to combat flooding

Michael Hunt

Environment secretary Hilary Benn has announced local authorities in Liverpool, Manchester, Preston and Rochdale will be awarded with £600,000 additional funding to help them tackle surface water flooding.

The funding is part of the £9.7m Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs is awarding to 77 local authorities across England where the evidence shows that the risk and potential impact of surface water flooding could be highest.

This will help an estimated 31,700 homes in the North West which could be at risk of future flooding.

Local authorities for all other areas will also be able to bid for a share of £5m to help them deal with known local flooding problems.

DEFRA is also spending £1m on making training, data and other tools available to help all local authorities manage flood risk.

DEFRA will publish details of how local authorities can bid for the £5m funding and the criteria on which bids will be assessed, in the next few weeks.

The funding for the North West has been awarded as follows:

  • Liverpool City Council – £250,000
  • Manchester City Council – £200,000
  • Lancashire County Council (Preston) – £75,000
  • Rochdale Borough Council – £75,000

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