Government Response to National Audit Office Report

The National Audit Office has published its 2014 report on flood defense spending. It welcomes improvements in the way the Environment Agency is prioritizing its spending, including on flood defense maintenance, and how it achieves value for money.

However, the report claims the underlying spending on flood defenses has gone down.

On NAO’s funding claims, Flooding Minister Dan Rogerson said: “The NAO has drawn conclusions on funding based on inappropriate comparisons. We have invested £3.2 billion in flood management and defenses over the course of this parliament which is a real term increase and half a billion more than in the previous parliament. This has allowed us to protect 165,000 families and households in vulnerable areas.”

“‪Not only are we spending more than ever before, but we are also ensuring that our investment strategy will deliver long-term value for money. Next month, we will set out the first ever 6-year program with record levels of investment, which will protect another 300,000 homes by the end of the decade.”

Last month the Environment Agency met its deadline to restore flood protection in all areas affected by the winter floods.

The NAO compares two financial years (10/11 compared to either 13/14 or 14/15) rather than looking at the total amount we have spent over this Parliament. This Parliament will see a 5% real-term increase in flood spending, compared with the previous Parliament,” announced gov.uk.

The NAO figures exclude £200 million of additional funding which was provided following the winter floods. Repairs are carried out after every flooding event, large or small, often funded from the Agency’s existing budget. Previous years’ spending therefore also includes costs relating to incident response and repairing damaged flood defenses.

 

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