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LGA responds to EFRA Committee report into future of flood prevention

Cllr Martin Tett, LGA Environment spokesman, responds to an EFRA (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) committee report into the future of flood prevention.

"The key to protecting communities from the sort of devastation seen last winter is for government to devolve funding to councils, who know their areas best and can most effectively meet local needs. This is what the LGA has called for in its Autumn statement submission to the Government. Councils make considerable contributions to flood defences yet they have little control over where the money is spent. The Government must also introduce mandatory anti-flood requirements for new homes which are included in building regulations. These would require developers to introduce measures like raised electrical sockets, fuse boxes, controls and wiring above floor level; ventilation brick covers; sealed floors; and raised damp-proof courses."

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