The Government has been slammed by a group of MPs who say it got funding priorities wrong on maintaining rivers and waterways before last winter’s floods.
Members of EFRA, the environment select committee, say more money must be found to avoid a repeat of devastation seen earlier this year.
Last winter was the wettest on record since the 18th century and left 7,000 properties under water, although more than 1.3m homes and companies were successfully defended from the floods.
The committee praised the response to the potential disaster and welcomed the extra £270m announced by ministers for flood protection work. But it also pointed out that £130m of the money had been “reallocated” from elsewhere in Whitehall budgets.
And it warned that overall funding was still not enough to cope with increased risk of flooding facing Britain because of the increased frequency of extreme weather.