The way that government funding is allocated to flood and coastal erosion risk management projects in
England is changing. The reforms aim to allow more schemes to go ahead and to give each community
more of a say in what is done to protect them. The new system will begin from now for all projects
seeking financial approval.
Instead of meeting the full costs of just a limited number of projects, the new approach could make
government money available towards any worthwhile scheme over time.
Funding levels for each scheme will relate directly to the number of households protected, the damages being prevented, plus the other benefits a scheme would deliver. For the first time, grants for surface water management and property-level protection will be available alongside funding for other risks and approaches.