Press release
Govt urged to act as leaders clash on climate change

Ministers must close the gaping hole in UK flood defence spending and do more to tackle climate change, said Friends of the Earth today (Wednesday 26 February 2014), as David Cameron and Ed Miliband clashed on global warming during Prime Minister’s Question Time today (Wednesday 26 February 2014)

Earlier today the national statistics watchdog found that the Government was wrong to claim it was spending more than previous administrations on flood defences

Friends of the Earth campaigner Guy Shrubsole - who first drew attention to the discrepancy in Government spending claims - said:

“It has taken the wettest winter since records began to get our political leaders talking about climate change. The Government must now stop spinning the figures and take urgent action.

“David Cameron’s boasts about the Government’s green record ring hollow as investment in renewable energy continues to fall and home insulation nosedives.

“The yawning hole in flood defence spending must be closed, and slashing the nation’s carbon emissions must become a top priority, if we’re to prevent more people from being exposed to the terrible risks of flooding.”             

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. Flood defence cash cut by £250m despite PM's claim | Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10661814/Flood-defence-cash-cut-by-250m-despite-PMs-claim.html

2. Cameron's claims on flood defences don't stack up, says Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Guy Shrubsole: http://www.foe.co.uk/blog/camerons-claims-flood-defences-dont-stack

3. The Government’s independent advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, have warned that there is a £500m gap between what the Coalition has spent on flood defences 2011-2015, and what is required if we are to keep pace with increasing flood risk due to climate change. They warn that the Government’s underinvestment will lead to an extra 250,000 homes being put at risk of flooding over the next 20 years: www.theccc.org.uk/blog/more-money-for-flood-defence-repairs/

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