PM flooding statement
Responding to the commitment to ‘take whatever steps necessary’ and that ‘money is no object’ made by the Prime Minister at a flooding press conference today (Tuesday 11 February 2014), Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Guy Shrubsole said:
"If 'money is no object', then the Prime Minister should have no problem making up the £500 million shortfall in flood defence investment required to keep pace with climate change.
"David Cameron can't claim he's doing all he can to protect people, businesses and farmers from flooding while the Government continues to pander to fossil fuel companies and his climate-sceptic Environment Minister remains in his post."
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.