Flooding Contents




Our inquiry

1 Meeting the challenge

Climate change and flood risk

Level of ambition



Arrangements for managing flood risk

The role of local authorities

2 Lessons from the 2019–20 flooding

Operational response

Government support schemes

Long-term recovery

3 Development and flood risk

National planning policy

Advice from risk management authorities

Cumulative development

Local capacity and knowledge

Supporting information

Making properties more resilient

Property flood resilience


4 Managing water

Surface water

Working with water companies

Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and the automatic right to connect

Natural flood management

5 Engaging with people

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex: Report of roundtable discussion with flood risk community groups

The virtual roundtable

Summary of discussions

i. Experiences of the 2019–20 floods

ii. Confidence in risk management authorities

iii. Development and flood risk

iv. Experience of engagement and consultation

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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