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Government's £40m flood funding also aims to boost regeneration

The UK Government has pledged an extra £40m towards 13 UK schemes that bolster flood defences and support economic growth and regeneration.

The Government hopes the funding, which was first announced in the Budget, will help bring in £24m in investment from other sources. 

The schemes include:

  • £1.2m to improve the harbour wall in Weymouth
  • £10m to protect deprived communities in the St Austell Bay area in Cornwall
  • £5m towards an inland flood scheme in Rochdale
  • £7m for new flood defence works and the creation of new wildlife habitats around the River Irwell in Bury and Radcliffe
  • £5.4m towards Great Yarmouth Flood Defence improvements
  • and £1.9m towards Humber, Winteringham and South Ferriby tidal defence improvements.

In all, the Government says it will fund 1,500 UK flood schemes from 2015-21 to protect 300,000 homes.

"This extra funding for flood defences will unlock schemes that will better protect thousands of homes and businesses against flooding, supporting regeneration in important towns and villages in the north and coastal communities," says Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey.

"It will boost our resilience as a nation and help our communities to grow and prosper."

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