Press release
PM's flood defence spending claims don't stack up

The Prime Minister’s claims to be spending more on flood defences don’t add up, Friends of the Earth said today (Monday 6 January 2014).
 
Friends of the Earth analysis of figures from the Department of Food and Rural Affairs, show the Government spent £2,366m on flood defence over the four-year period from 2007-2011, slightly more than the £2,320m being spent by the Coalition over the current four-year period, 2011-2015. Furthermore, the Coalition's budget for flood defences is not inflation-proofed, meaning that it amounts to a real-terms cut.
 
Friends of the Earth Climate Campaigner Guy Shrubsole said:
 
"The Prime Minister's calculations are far from water-tight. Government figures show the Coalition is spending less on flood defences in the current four-year period than it did in the previous four.
 
“Worse still, the Coalition's chronic under-investment in flood defences is completely failing to keep pace with climate change, which is increasing flood risk - as the Government's climate envoy Sir David King recently pointed out.
 
“Protecting British households from the destructive impacts of climate change is essential - the Prime Minister must intervene to ensure flood defence spending rises to meet the challenge."
 
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Notes to editors: 
 
1. The Prime Minister has claimed that "We're spending £2.3 billion in this four-year period on flood defences, which is more than the previous four-year period." Analysis by Friends of the Earth of Defra figures suggests this is not the case. According to Defra's figures, the Government spent £2,366m on flood defence over the four-year period from 2007-2011, slightly more than the £2,320m being spent by the Coalition over the current four-year period, 2011-2015. Furthermore, the Coalition's budget for flood defences is not inflation-proofed, meaning it amounts to a real-terms cut. Full details and analysis in our blog here

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