Group seeks flood control

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for the government to bring forward flood defence funding.

Prime minister Gordon Brown pledged to increase funding from £600 million to £800 million in July. However, this will not be available until 2010-11.

In its submission to the Pitt review, the LGA insisted that defences around infrastructure must be improved as a matter of urgency.

It called for a national framework setting out the responsibilities of all parties involved in managing rivers, dams and drainage systems, as well as stronger planning controls on flood plains.

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