£1.8 billion for flood defences
PUBLISHED: 16:55 14 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:21 28 March 2014
The Environment Agency is to receive £1.8 billion to improve flood defences.
The move will help protect more households and important wildlife sites from the risks of flooding. The money is part of the government's total flood and coastal erosion spend of £2.15 billion over the next three years.
The Environment Agency will use £788 million to fund the operating costs of its flood risk management service, which includes the routine maintenance of defences and the flood warning service.
Spending will rise from £600 million, to £650m in 2008/9, £700m in 2009/10 and £800m in 2010/11.