Massive cuts to DEFRA budget put flood response in danger

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A report by the House of Commons Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee has said that "massive" and ongoing cuts to the DEFRA budget mean its ability to respond to emergencies such as flooding is in danger.

Year-on-year spending on flood defences fell by over a quarter when the Tory-led government took power in 2010 and real-terms spending will be £100m lower in 2015-16 than the £646m spent in 2010-11.

Lara Norris, Labour’s General Election candidate for Great Yarmouth said:

“One month on from some of the worst flooding in Great Yarmouth for a generation, people are still clearing up the mess left behind.  This time round we have a Labour-run Council, who made the right decision in not charging for sand-bags and were well-prepared in their response.

It must be devastating for those families who lost their homes in Hemsby; I cannot begin to imagine their pain. I will not stand by if there is any chance that homes are unnecessarily put at risk because the Tory-led government hasn’t prioritised it’s spending properly.”

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