The Liberal Democrats have announced new national plans to create a £5bn flood prevention and adaptation fund.
Liberal Democrat Councillors in York have long campaigned to secure better flood defences and since the Boxing Day floods of 2015/16, a number of flooding schemes have been given the green light. However, far more needs to be done to ensure the latest in flood prevention technology is delivered across the city and that communities are protected.
The Tory Government’s Brexit agenda risks the UK losing access to vital EU funds for improving flood defences and flood relief. This would cut off a key revenue stream to tackle flooding and build resilience for the future. By staying in the EU, the UK will retain access to vital EU funds to deal with flooding.
Over the lifetime of the next parliament, a Liberal Democrat Government will create a £5bn flood prevention and adaptation fund. The fund will help the UK build resilience against future flooding, and ensure all communities can access the funds they need during periods of crisis.
Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for York Outer, said:
"In York, we all know too well the devastating impact floods can have on local communities and the importance of securing additional investment for our flood defences.”
“To address the serious issue, the Liberal Democrats will create a £5bn national flood prevention and adaptation fund over the next five years to support small community and Council led schemes to reduce flooding and protect at-risk communities.”
“With the ever increasing risk of flooding in the city, it is absolutely essential that additional funding is utilised to deliver flood protection schemes, and the Liberal Democrats will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that better flood defences are delivered across the city.”