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Commenting on Eric Pickles' statement to Parliament today on flooding, Friends of the Earth Climate Campaigner Guy Shrubsole said:
"New money to help communities recover from horrendous flooding simply acknowledges that the Coalition was wrong to cut flood defence investment and maintenance in the first place.
"Eric Pickles may sympathise with people struggling to mop up the mess, but his decision to remove councils’ duty to prepare for climate change impacts back in 2010 puts countless households at risk.
"Unless the Government actually plans for how climate change is set to dramatically worsen flooding, then this knee-jerk crisis management will happen again and again."
1, Previous analysis of the flood defence figures can be found here: