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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03694: ()

Date lodged: 12 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what support it offers to local authorities to make property-level protection products available at an affordable price to properties at risk of flooding.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 1 November 2016

On 18 July the First Minister announced the agreement with COSLA of a 10 year flood funding strategy, with the local authority capital settlement, to deliver priorities identified in the Flood Risk Strategies published in December 2015. The agreed funding will amount to a minimum of £42 million per year with any underspends in one year being re-profiled within the next years allocation. 80% of the annual funding will support delivery of the flood protection schemes identified in the Flood Risk Strategies; a full list of these can be found at http://www.sepa.org.uk/media/163528/42-flood-protection-schemes.pdf.

The allocations to individual local authorities in 2016-17 for flood protection schemes are set out in the following table; funding for future years will reflect progress with design and development of the scheme.

Flooding capital grant - Funding Allocations for Flood Protection Schemes 2016-17.

Council

Allocation for Flood Prevention Schemes

£m

 

Aberdeenshire

6.919

Angus

2.003

Argyll & Bute

0.080

Dumfries & Galloway

1.536

Dundee City

5.699

East Ayrshire

0.880

East Dunbartonshire

0.080

East Lothian

0.696

Eilan Siar

0.320

Falkirk

1.782

Fife

0.000

Glasgow

0.560

Highland

2.593

Inverclyde

0.372

Moray

1.480

North Ayrshire

1.680

Orkney

1.388

Perth & Kinross

0.813

Scottish Borders

1.342

Stirling

1.156

Scotland

31.379

The remaining funding is distributed amongst all Scottish local authorities based on their share of properties at risk of flooding. How this money is allocated is a matter for individual local authorities but it is expected that it would be used to support actions identified in the strategies such as property level protection and natural flood management works and studies. In addition local authorities are able to use their wider funding allocation to support flood risk management where they consider this to be a local priority.

In addition to support through the local authority settlement the Scottish Government provides support and tools to responsible authorities. For example the Scottish Government has provided funding to the Tweed Forum (working with Dundee University) to support the Eddleston Water research project which will assess the flood risk, water quality and habitat benefits of working with the natural environment across the catchment. This financial year we are committing £200,000 to the project. These funds are used to engage with land managers in the catchment, carry out natural flood management works and collect scientific evidence through an extensive monitoring programme. The Eddleston Water project is now part of the EU Interreg North Sea Region Building with Nature project and will receive funds of up to 400,000 over the next 4 years.