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MORE FLOOD FUNDING FOR COUNCILS, SAY SCOTTISH MPS

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Scottish MPs, whose constituents' homes have been affected by flooding in recent years, have demanded extra funding...
Scottish MPs, whose constituents' homes have been affected by flooding in recent years, have demanded extra funding for councils who are expected to take on more flood prevention duties under proposed legislation, reports The Glasgow Herald (p4).

The Flood Prevention and Land Drainage (Scotland) Bill was given its second reading at yesterday's Edinburgh Scottish Grand Committee meeting, and attracted broad support for its principle of allowing Scottish authorities more say in flood control.

However, The Glasgow Herald says some MPs were concerned that the Bill did not contain funding solutions for flood prevention schemes.

Perth and Kinross SNP MP Roseanna Cunningham accused the Government of 'an exercise in buck passing', and claimed the new Bill would mean more surveys and more reports, but no extra protection.

A planned scheme to protect Perth needs£22m, but under the proposed legislation the council would have to compete for Challenge Funding.
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