The Liberal Democrats will commit to a £2bn flood prevention fund which focuses on providing support for small community and council-led schemes. The aim is to reduce upstream flooding and the knock-on effects in downstream and coastal areas, as well as improving flood defences, and introducing high standards for flood resilience for buildings and infrastructure in flood risk areas.
Liz Adams, the Lib Dem General Election Candidate for Stratford-on-Avon said, “This is especially welcome here in South Warwickshire, where many of our communities have been blighted by the effects of flooding.
“Upstream flooding in particular is something not currently dealt with sufficiently in some local flooding prevention strategies.
“Support from central government for community led groups is also something that I think would be welcome in South Warwickshire. Residents are often on community forums or calling on neighbours to club together and help each other out when we are affected by flooding, it happened again when we had the few floods last year. Even just little things like cleaning out culverts, keeping each other updated and helping elderly residents with sandbags. Whilst the council and national policy must do much more, where it is currently residents taking part, they deserve our support.”
Ed Davey, former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said:
“Flooding is exacerbated by climate change so is hardly the fault of communities up and down the country that have been devastated by flooding. In government, it was Liberal Democrats pushing for proper funding for flood defences. The Conservatives have tried to do flood prevention on the cheap, because they simply don’t care about the misery it causes.
“People don’t have to settle for this cold, mean-spirited vision of Britain.”