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Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department allocated to (a) regional development agencies and (b) other bodies following the flooding in summer 2007 for flood prevention works; how much funding has been provided to each such body; and what criteria apply in respect of qualification for such funds. 
Regional development agencies (RDAs) are financed through a single budget, a fund which pools money from all the contributing Government Departments. From this single pot, RDAs provided
over £11 million support for the businesses affected in their regions, as part of the wider £136 million that Government made available to assist the affected regions and help those in greatest need. This includes funding for schools, transport and businesses. No specific funding was given to RDAs in respect of the 2007 floods.
Spending on flood risk management across central and local government has increased from £307 million in 1996-97 to over £655 million in 2008-09, and is due to reach £715 million in 2009-10 and £780 million in 2010-11. This will bring the total spent by DEFRA, the Environment Agency and local authorities over three years to £2.15 billion. £20 million of the original £800 million for 2010-11 was brought forward into this year's budgets as part of the fiscal stimulation package announced in the 2008 pre-Budget report.
Since the 2007 floods, DEFRA has given funding to a considerable number of bodies to plan for and reduce the risk of flooding and its impacts and ensure that communities and the essential services which supply them are protected. The sums outlined as follows represent the most significant of these funding allocations.
The majority of the funding is through the Environment Agency which allocates funding to regional flood defence committees for both new capital schemes and to maintain existing defences on the basis of national priorities to ensure that the funding is spent in the best way possible. Delivery is managed through the Environment Agency's regional offices.
In April 2006 the Environment Agency took on responsibility for the administration of capital grants payable to local authorities and internal drainage boards under delegation from DEFRA for all schemes promoted under the Land Drainage Act and for schemes under the Coast Protection Act from April 2008. In 2008-09 and 2009-10 £64 million was allocated in each year for projects delivered by these bodies.
£1 million has been made available to the Environment Agency to manage the intake of local authority trainees in September 2009 and to finance the trainees on the two-year Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Risk Engineering Foundation Degree. A further £175,000 has been made available to fund an intake of local authority trainees in September 2010.
As noted in annex A of the Progress Report (published 15 December 2009) on the Government's Response to Sir Michael Pitt's Review of the summer 2007 floods, £34.5 million is being allocated by DEFRA to delivery organisations to help cover the additional costs of taking forward the recommendations they are responsible for.
|Allocation to:||Allocation||Allocated by December 2009||To deliver:|
Local authority leadership on flood risk management in the highest priority areas, including surface water management plans, tackling surface water problems, mapping of drainage assets, and oversight and maintenance of sustainable drainage systems for new housing, etc.
All other recommendations where the Environment Agency leads, including its new strategic overview of all types of flood risk in England, better modelling, forecasting and mapping for flooding particularly surface water, roll-out of ex-directory flood warnings, reservoir inundation maps, and a national flooding exercise to test the new response arrangements.
To provide a contingency fund in case allocations need to be increased in some areas, and to include: up to £2 million for an improved flood rescue capability; up to £1.25 million to support the production of reservoir emergency plans by local resilience forums. Funds have also been provided to the following additional activities announced since the Government's response: £750,000 to support local authority flood risk management apprenticeships this year and next. A further £250,000 is being funded from other budgets. £140,000 to fund a reservoir inundation mapping tool.
Annex A of the Progress Report on the Government's Response to Sir Michael Pitt's Review (published 15 December 2009).
Local authorities allocated grants from the first round of the £5.5 million property level grant scheme (announced in June 2009 by the Secretary of State) amounted to £3 million. As yet, no claims for grant have been made against these allocations. Table 1 shows the geographical breakdown of recipients.
|Table 1: Local authority recipients of property level grant scheme funding|
|Local authority||Environment Agency region||Awarded (£)|
£9.7 million was been awarded to 77 local authorities for areas where evidence shows that the risk and potential impact of surface water flooding could be highest. Local authorities for all other areas will also be able to bid for a share of £5 million to help them deal with known local flooding problems. £1 million has been allocated for building skills and capacity within local authorities.
The £9.7 million funding has been allocated to the following local authorities. The first payments are being made in December 2009. All London borough funding
is being made through the Drain London Forum. The methodology for determining the £9.7 million funding can be found on the DEFRA website at:
|Table 2: Local authority recipients of SWMP funding|
|County or unitary authority||Funding received (£000)|
City of Southampton; Kirklees Unitary; Southend on Sea Unitary; City of Stoke on Trent; Somerset County; Kent County; Swindon Unitary; Surrey County; Calderdale (Metropolitan); City of Plymouth; North Somerset Unitary; Gloucestershire County; Middlesbrough Unitary; Blackpool Unitary; Leicestershire County; Northants County; Sandwell Unitary (West Midlands); Westminster (LB); Lambeth (LB); Croydon (LB); Kensington and Chelsea (LB); Islington (LB); Camden (LB); Wandsworth (LB); Lewisham (LB); Southwark (LB); Bromley (LB); Hackney (LB); Hammersmith and Fulham (LB); Brent (LB); Enfield (LB); Havering (LB); Haringey (LB); Greenwich (LB); Merton (LB); Barnet (LB); Tower Hamlets (LB); Waltham Forest (LB); Sutton (LB); Newham (LB); Hillingdon (LB); Ealing (LB); Hounslow (LB); Richmond upon Thames (LB); Harrow (LB); Bexley (LB); Redbridge (LB); Kingston upon Thames (LB); Barking and Dagenham (LB)
In addition, local authorities were able to bid for a part of the £5 million to help deal with known surface water problems. We are aiming to make an announcement to successful local authorities in January 2010. Funding will be made available after March 2010. The criteria for bids can be found at:
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