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Additionally, £300,000 was allocated in December 2008 for six areas (Warrington, Thatcham, Leeds, Kingston upon Hull, Richmond upon Thames and Gloucestershire) to carry out first edition surface water management plans with the aim to test DEFRA's Draft Surface Water Management Plan Guidance.
An additional £1 million will be available for building skills and capacity within local authorities. This will include the provision of training, guidance and support tools to all local authorities and a programme for this will be developed with local authorities and their representatives over the next few months.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) take-up and (b) geographic distribution has been of funding made available by his Department following the flooding of summer 2007 for flood prevention works; how much such funding has yet to be allocated; and if he will make a statement. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: 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.
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.
|Table 1: DEFRA Grant in aid to the Environment Agency Regions 2008-09 to 2009-10|
|Anglian||Midlands||North East||North West||Southern||South West||Thames||Total|
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. In both years the Environment Agency fully utilised the entire grant-in-aid allocation on its own projects or those delivered by local authorities and Internal Drainage Boards
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, up
to £34.5 million will be allocated by DEFRA to delivery organisations to help cover the additional costs of taking forward the recommendations they are responsible for.
|Table 2: Funding allocations for implementing the Pitt review recommendations|
|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 Agency lead, including their 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.
|(1) Between 80 local authorities|
From: 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 3 shows the geographical break-down of recipients.
|Table 3: Local authority recipients of property level grant scheme funding|
|Local authority||Environment Agency region||Amount 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 and will then be made monthly until the end of March 2011. All London borough funding is being made through the Drain London Forum.
|Table 4: Local authority recipients of SWMP funding|
|County or unitary authority||Funding received (£000)|
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