Government cuts to floods fund ‘dangerously wrong’

Recent flooding has caused excessive damage in many parts of Lancashire, leading to Labour arguing that cuts to flood funding shows that the government has ‘called it dangerously wrong’.

According to local reports, over 70 people and 20 horses had to be rescued from floods in Lancashire on 22 November as bad weather hit the UK. The Met Office claim that approximately 1.7 inches of rain had fallen in 24 hours in parts of Lancashire, with United Utilities expressing concern at the ‘unprecedented levels’ of rainfall.

Sue Hayman, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said: “As people in Lancashire deal with the aftermath of today’s floods, the government’s £115 million cuts to flood funding this year shows they have called it dangerously wrong yet again. With flood management funding at a four year low, many communities are facing the very real prospect of losing their homes this winter as the Tories fail yet again to get a grip on the situation.”

There are currently six flood warnings and 13 flood alerts in place, the majority of which are in the north, forcing rail services to run at a reduced speed and roads to be blocked off.

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