Flooding

  • Flood councils in urgent £11m cash call

    21 May 2024

    Councils managing flood risks have urgently called for £11m cash to plug a ‘widening gap’ in Internal Drainage Board (IDB) funding.


  • Government advisers urge overhaul of infrastructure funding

    16 May 2024

    Councils should be given more funding to play a greater role in developing infrastructure projects, according to Government advisers.


  • Restoring resilience

    15 May 2024

    Councils need to own the leadership of the response to extreme weather events and should argue the case for their role to be recognised and properly resourced, says Dame Meg Hillier.


  • Building a resilient local future

    31 January 2024

    George Karagiannis discusses how to improve local practitioners’ capacity when it comes to disaster risk resilience and response.


  • Why flood levy’s no longer affordable

    31 January 2024

    As places reel from the impact of recent floods, Cllr Paul Redgate says the Government must deliver a fairer and sustainable funding system for Internal Drainage Boards.


  • PAC: New housing continues to be built in high risk areas

    17 January 2024

    More than half of councils rarely or never inspect a new housing development to check compliance with flood risk planning conditions, a new report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said.


  • Why climate change is health’s biggest threat

    15 January 2024

    The health risks from climate change are considerable, but directors of public health are ideally placed to ensure initiatives are implemented in the right way, to the right people, say Greg Fell and Darrell Gale.


  • Oxfordshire’s response to the flooding challenge

    15 January 2024

    Stephen Chandler and Carole Mackay describe Oxfordshire CC’s response to the recent floods, working alongside the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum.


  • Government flood fund activated

    08 January 2024

    The Government has announced funding will be made available for councils to help communities affected by flooding in the wake of Storm Henk.


  • Councils mobilise to tackle Storm Henk flooding

    05 January 2024

    Nottinghamshire CC has declared a major incident as the county has been hit by near-record levels of flooding.


  • UK councils in distress – What can we learn from ‘Down Under’? 

    18 December 2023

    Recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Australia, Ian Owen describes how councils in the UK could learn a thing or two from their Australian counterparts’ transformational approach.


  • Adapting to London’s changing climate challenge

    30 October 2023

    London and its residents are already being impacted by climate change, says Cllr Kieron Williams. He shares some of the approaches being taken to ensure the city can continue to thrive.


  • Dealing with weather’s extremes

    30 October 2023

    Maria Van-Hove and Dr Charlotte Parbery-Clark look at how local authorities in the UK can support actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, highlighting examples of good practice .


  • Kensington and Chelsea must lead the way on safer, greener homes

    14 September 2023

    Cllr Kim Taylor-Smith outlines progress with creating the UK’s largest eco-neighbourhood at the Lancaster West estate – where the Grenfell tragedy took place.


  • What a wonderful world

    19 June 2023

    Creative thinking allied with strong team and partnership working underpinned Stroud's emergency planning response to a one in 1,963-year flood event, says Kathy O'Leary.


  • Councils call for more climate change support

    08 June 2023

    The Government must do more to help local areas adapt to climate change, councils in England have warned.


  • Hunt is on for council heroes

    29 March 2023

    The Local Government Association’s annual competition that puts the best talent in the sector to the test, has returned for 2023. Georgia Goddard reports from the first Local Government Challenge of the year.


  • Planning for resilience

    08 March 2023

    Localis’s Sandy Forsyth outlines the case for a national plan to ensure place-based best practice approaches to climate adaptation become the norm across the country.


  • Planning for permacrisis

    07 December 2022

    Ann McGauran questions emergency planner and author of bestseller When the Dust Settles Professor Lucy Easthope about the quality of local resilience, pressures on the workforce, and what keeps her awake at night.


  • Resolving surface tensions

    22 November 2022

    Greater collaboration across central and local government and wider industry to embed sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) is needed to tackle blight of flash floods, writes Localis chief executive, Jonathan Werran.