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UK Government moves forward with National Flood Resilience Review

The UK Government has confirmed the terms of reference for the National Flood Resilience Review, which will be chaired by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Oliver Letwin.

Established last month following Storm Desmond, the Review will assess how the country can be better protected from future flooding and increasingly extreme weather events.

It will focus on four key areas: updating climate modelling and stress-testing the nation’s resilience to flood risk; assessing the resilience of critical infrastructure; temporary defences; and future investment strategy.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “We need to be sure we have the best possible plans in place for flood prevention and protection across the whole country. This Review will identify any gaps in our approach and pinpoint where our defences and modelling need strengthening, allowing us to take prompt action.”

The Review is set to be published this summer and the team will include the Government’s Chief Scientist, Defra, DECC, DCLG, HM Treasury and the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency.

During the autumn, the government will begin implementing any short-term measures identified, and will begin work to review the longer term strategy, which will include close consultation with the National Infrastructure Commission.


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