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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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