EXCLUSIVE: Government rejects pleas for flood recovery funding flexibility
The Government has rejected councils’ appeals for more flexibility over funding for flood recovery.
Government urged to unshackle northern leaders to tackle flooding
The Prime Minister must act now to prevent more devastating flooding in the north of England, a think-tank has urged.
EXCLUSIVE: Councils hit out at 'unfair' restrictions on flood repair funding
Councils are being burdened with the cost of supporting flood-hit homes and businesses due to a lack of flexibility in Government aid, it has been claimed.
Future Forum North: Emergency planning needs boost amid climate change concerns
Emergency planning training needs to be improved as we face more frequent extreme weather conditions, Rotherham MBC’s assistant chief executive has said.
Councils to make case for further Government flood funds
Local authorities are lobbying Government to provide support for flood-hit families and small businesses whose insurance does not cover the costs of their recovery.
Leaders seek huge rise in flood funding
Councils have approached the Government for financial assistance as costs mount for flood-hit communities.
Recognising the role of people power
Local communities are often the first responders in an emergency. Mike Adamson explains how the British Red Cross' new report calls for their role to be enshrined in law and help ensure a human-centred approach to disaster response.
Councils help Doncaster after sandbags plea
Councils clubbed together after desperate Doncaster MBC put out an urgent request for 20,000 sandbags amid warnings that communities could become cut off by flooding.
Environment Bill... What next?
As flooding hits Rotherham and other areas, Sharon Kemp says there is real potential for local leaders to be given support for their climate activities by using the Solace network to share the ideas that drive the changes needed within communities.
Emergency Bellwin scheme activated in response to flooding
Councils will be able to apply to be reimbursed for costs incurred as part of their response to the heavy rainfall that has hit in recent days.
Nearly 100 flood warnings in place for South Yorkshire
A major incident has been declared in Sheffield today, with nearly 100 flood alerts and warnings in place across South Yorkshire.
Flood prevention the holistic way
Heavy flooding and the activation of the emergency Bellwin scheme saw North Yorkshire CC calling for the system of Government support for councils to be overhauled. Nick Fraser believes a holistic approach will improve flood risk management
We’re here when times get tough
East Lindsey DC took on the chairmanship of the Strategic Recovery Group following heavy rainfall and a subsequent river relief channel breach. Rob Barlow reviews the emergency response and recovery phase.
North Yorkshire mulls utilities flood defence funding
North Yorkshire CC is to look at funding flood defence work through contributions from utilities companies.
Council chief calls for reform of emergency flood funds
A council hit by heavy flooding has called for the system of Government support to be overhauled.
Councils forge ahead with clear-up after flooding
Staff at England's largest council have started work to repair the flood damage that closed roads and deluged homes.
Emergency planning has suffered under budget cuts - mandarin
‘Drastic cuts’ to council budgets have contributed to a lack of resources for emergency planning, a civil servant has warned.
Act now on flooding
Councils need to put into practice lessons on floods from the Bonfield review, says Paul Tombs
Government flood review 'lacks substance'
The Government’s ‘disappointing’ review into flood defences ‘lacks substance’, fails to acknowledge the role of local government and will not prepare communities in the long-term, council leaders from areas ravaged by extreme weather have claimed.
New DCN push on drainage
District councils are to launch a renewed push for the Government to stop internal drainage board levies counting towards the council tax increase threshold.