Documents to download

In light of the severe flooding in the Winter of 2013-14, this note provides information about Government policy on flood planning and response, along with information that may be useful in assisting affected constituents. This note predominantly covers England. Water and flood defences are devolved issues, although provisions on flood insurance in the Water Bill extend to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Recent updates to this note include details of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee report on the Winter Floods published in June 2014.

The note supplements other Library notes that deal with specific aspects of flooding such as the Bellwin Scheme, Sewer Flooding, Flood Defence Spending, and Flood Insurance (provisions of the Water Bill. It summarises Government statements and headline spending commitments, notes relevant select committee activity, and sets out the respective roles of the Environment Agency, Internal Drainage Boards and Lead Local Flood Authorities. In addition it provides specific information about dredging, surface water and sustainable drainage and alternative flood management systems.

Documents to download

Related posts

  • This briefing from the House of Commons Library examines some of the recent concern and controversy about the Green Belt and discusses how the white paper Planning for the Future treats it. It applies only to England.

  • The Agriculture Bill 2019-21 (originally HC Bill 7) was published on 16 January 2020. The Bill has passed through both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and subsequently went through the “ping-pong” process of amendments between the two Houses. The Lords agreed to the final Commons amendments on 9 November 2020.

  • Please note: for information on accessing food banks and food parcels during the pandemic please see our briefing Coronavirus: Support for household finances. For an account of developments in food bank activity over the crisis period see section 7 of this paper, Food Banks in the UK. Recent research means we have increasing amounts of data on food banks, giving us a fuller picture of their provision across the UK, and providing a more detailed picture of the characteristics of food bank users.