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Extra flood money for councils

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Local communities across England are to get £16m to help tackle surface water flooding.

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn announced that £9.7m has been awarded to 77 local authorities for areas where the evidence shows that the risk and potential impact of surface water flooding could be highest.

Local authorities for all other areas will also be able to bid for a share of £5m to help them deal with known local flooding problems.

Defra is also spending £1m on making training, data and other tools available to help all local authorities manage flood risk.

Hilary Benn said: “Local authorities have a crucial role to play in tackling flooding and it’s vital that they have the information, resources and skills they need.

“That’s why we’ve provided this money and we want to make sure it gets to where it’s most needed and where it can make the biggest difference - especially as we know that climate change will cause increased severe rainfall in future and bring with it an increased risk of surface water flooding.”

Defra will publish details of how local authorities can bid for the £5m funding and the criteria on which bids will be assessed in the coming weeks.

It says innovative proposals for tackling surface water flooding especially in rural areas will be particularly welcomed.

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