Dan Peters 05 August 2014

Flooding project to look at increasing council power

Giving councils greater powers to tackle flooding will be looked at as part of a think tank’s latest project.

The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) project plans to explore ways of giving people a greater say in decisions that can protect their homes and communities from the effects of flooding.

It will look at different governance arrangements to see how these can be made more effective and inclusive, with a particular emphasis on the potential of technology to improve resilience.

A LGiU spokeswoman said: ‘The solution might mean greater local influence over the Environment Agency budget or greater powers for local authorities if they commit to working in partnership across flooded areas.

‘It might mean new systems for sharing real-time data or greater clarity over roles and responsibilities.’

Council flooding officers and other key local stakeholders wishing to contribute should email andrew.walker@lgiu.org.uk.

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