A National Audit Office report that warns some areas will face increased flood risk vindicates the PCS’s opposition to spending cuts.

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, PCS, UK unions, Ecology

NAO National Audit OfficeThe report published today says “limited resources” in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Environment Agency means current spending is “insufficient to meet many of the maintenance needs the agency has identified for its flood defences”.

It adds that, excluding the one-off £200 million provided after last winter’s floods, total funding has fallen by 10% in real terms since 2010.

The union warned as far back as 2007 that cutting jobs and budgets would undermine Defra’s ability to co-ordinate flood responses.

The rescue and repair operation during last winter’s storms was co-ordinated by a range of public bodies that have faced budget cuts in recent years, including the Environment Agency, emergency services, local authorities and coastguards.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “This once again exposes the lie that the government can slash spending without affecting how public services are delivered.

“In the case of flood defences, cutting funding and resources can have devastating consequences for families and communities.”


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.
Author avatar

Tim Lezard

Campaigning journalist, editor of @Union_NewsUK, NUJ exec member; lover of cricket, football, cycling, theatre and dodgy punk bands

Read All Articles

Related Articles

Greece: Women chain themselves to the main entrance gate of Eldorado Gold’s Skouries mining site
Thu Aug 2014 /

Greece: Women chain themselves to the main entrance gate of Eldorado Gold’s Skouries mining site

Early this morning, twelve women blockaded the entrance to Eldorado Gold’s Skouries mining site in Halkidiki, Greece in a peaceful, symbolic protest against an amendment which – if voted through tomorrow in the Greek Parliament – legalises all the construction activities of the processing plant in Skouries which have to date not received any construction […]

Read More
Mon Apr 2012 /

Africa’s industrialisation ambition in the context of climate change

BY Aisha Bahadur It is in the interest of the developed world to keep Africa poor. Resources of the continent are exported to continue building development in industrialised nations.  Africa has been blocked from colonial times by the developed world from making strategic use of these resources for its own development, hence the weak industrial […]

Read More
Ireland’s communities rise up against water charges
Tue Nov 2014 /

Ireland’s communities rise up against water charges

Upto 200,000 people marched against the imposition of water charges all over Ireland on November 1st. Local demonstrations were in local communities sponsored by the Right2Water campaign which has trade union involvement. Here in Phibsboro, in Dublin’s northside, 2,000 gathered and then marched into the GPO to join in with another protest against water charges. […]

Read More