Flooding Contents


Over 5.2 million homes and businesses in England are currently at risk from flooding, according to the Environment Agency, and more will become threatened in the future. The Climate Change Committee has listed flooding and coastal change as one of the greatest climate change risks for the UK, both now and in the future. The increasing frequency of severe weather, and its impact on people and communities, was demonstrated in the flooding that occurred over the autumn and winter of both 2019–20 and 2020–21. In July 2020, the Government published a new Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Policy Statement, which it described as “the most significant ramping up of flood policies for a decade”.

Our inquiry looked at several aspects of Government policy on flood risk management and the response to increasingly frequent severe flood events. Our key findings are as follows:

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