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Flood Control: Grants

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what grants are available to enable people to finance flood defences for domestic properties; and if he will make a statement. (212967)

Currently there is no Government grant scheme offering assistance to those wishing to install property-level resistance and resilience measures.

However, we have undertaken a £500,000 pilot scheme looking at the best way of providing financial assistance to people to install flood proofing measures on a mix of individual properties including both dwellings and small businesses. Through the local authorities and Environment Agency teams working on these pilot projects, we will monitor the effectiveness of the chosen solutions as and when they are tested through flooding.

Under the Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order 2002 [1] local authorities have some flexibility in providing discretionary assistance for repairs and adaptations. It is for local authorities to decide the circumstances in which to give discretionary assistance and what form that assistance may take (e.g. grants, loans, equity release schemes etc.).