Announcement follows joint CLA and NFU letter to Minister outlining need for action to mitigate impacts of floods. CLA President Tim Breitmeyer said:
“Following the major floods in Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lincolnshire over the Summer we wrote to Thérèse Coffey MP outlining the need for long-term policies to prevent and mitigate the impacts of similar scale flooding events across the country.
“Highlighting the huge farming and economic losses that were felt locally, we also urged the Government to recognise that climate change will make major floods more common and that farmers, working on tight margins, are in a particularly vulnerable position.
“We hope that the new Minister will continue to engage with us on our ideas to deliver a robust farming sector which can deal with all the impacts of flash flooding. In the meantime, the £62 million boost for local flooding programmes will be warmly welcomed by many of the rural communities they will protect.”