Illustration by Steve Spencer
12 months on from the Boxing Day floods the Environment Agency have at last released figures of how much will be allocated to flood defence and where it will be going.
It will come as no surprise to find that half of the £3.7bn allocated to protecting homes and businesses will be spent on protecting the capital and the Thames Estuary. That’s a staggering £1.8bn! Four times the amount that will be awarded to Yorkshire and the Humber.
16,000 homes were flooded across Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria and many of the victims of storms Desmond and Eva remain homeless. Once again the credibility of the so-called Northern Powerhouse will come into question as the figures show that the East of England will receive £381 per person, Yorkshire and the Humber £127 per person and the North West will get only £48 per person.