Flooding: EA job cuts must be reversed
Reacting to news today (Friday 14 February 2014) that Environment Agency redundancy plans have been put on hold, Friends of the Earth Climate Campaigner Guy Shrubsole said:
"This mustn’t just be a stay of execution - sacking hundreds of agency staff that work on flooding would put thousands of households at risk.
"David Cameron must urgently fix the gaping £500 million hole in UK defences too, if we're to hold back the increase in flooding that experts anticipate.
"It’s not enough for the Prime Minister to recognise the serious threat climate change poses - he must take bold action.”
Notes to editors:
1. The independent Committee on Climate Change has warned that a half-billion pound gap has emerged between flood defence spending and what needs to be invested to keep pace with climate change.