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£470m to be spent on improving UK flood defences

The UK Government has planned to spend £470m on flood defence as part of £2.3bn investment plan over six years.

More than 1,400 flood defence projects are to receive funding to protect 300,000 homes, BBC reported.

As mentioned by The Independent, ministers will announce today in what will be seen as their own insurance policy against a winter floods crisis.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has welcomed the funding, but said maintenance of existing flood defences was being neglected. The Committee also argues that Environment Agency now had 800 fewer flood risk management staff than in 2010-11.

Original post: Natural Disasters List December 2, 2014

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