Policy paper

The government’s response to Sir Michael Pitt’s review of the summer 2007 floods

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

It sets out a clear action plan to deliver against the challenging agenda identified by Sir Michael.



Widespread and serious flooding affected many parts of England during June and July 2007.

An independent review of the 2007 flooding, led by Sir Michael Pitt, looked at its causes and subsequent management to see what lessons needed to be learned about how to manage and respond to this type of event in the future. Sir Michael’s final report was published on 25 June 2008.

The Secretary of State published the Government’s response to Sir Michael’s Review of the 2007 Summer Floods on the 17 December 2008.

Over £60 million will be invested in taking forward the priorities identified in Sir Michael’s report; £34.5 million of funding set aside specifically for the action plan together with a further £27 million of funding identified within other relevant budgets.

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