Government Pledges Another £40 million to help Yorkshire after floods

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David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has announced £40 million of funding to help Yorkshire deal with the effects of the recent flooding. The money is in addition to £100 million already promised in response to the floods.

Cameron said whilst visiting the region:

“We are already spending £280m over the next six years to protect thousands of houses from flooding in Yorkshire as part of our £2.3bn investment to protect 300,000 houses across the country.

But now more than £40m will be spent to fix those defences overwhelmed by the record rainfall we’ve seen in recent weeks and to make them more resilient”.

Downing Street has said that it is reviewing the country’s flood defences as their effectiveness has been questioned given the widespread flooding in recent weeks.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, visited York on 31 December 2015 to see the effects of the flooding. He questioned whether Government funding cuts had added to the problem, saying:

“The scale of cuts to environment budgets has left Yorkshire vulnerable to dramatic weather events. Leeds has particularly felt the impact of those cuts. A project by the council to improve flood defence was cut by the government in 2011 and four years later we see the consequences”.