UK floods: David Cameron defends flood investment
28 December 2015
From the section UK
Media captionDavid Cameron on flood defences: ”Here in Yorkshire…we are planning to spend another £280m”
David Cameron has defended the government’s spending on flood defences following widespread devastation across parts of northern England.
The prime minister dismissed suggestions of a “north-south divide” in investment, saying more per head was spent on flood defences in the north.
Parts of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester were flooded after several rivers burst their banks.
The Environment Agency has called for a “complete rethink” of flood defences.
The Met Office says areas of Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire have seen record December levels of rainfall
A thousand homes have flooded in Leeds, but the leader of the city council, Judith Blake, said the flooding had been a “preventable disaster”.
She said the North had not received “anywhere near the support that we saw going into Somerset” – which flooded in 2014 – and there was now a “real anger growing across the North”.
But speaking while visiting communities affected in York, Mr Cameron rejected the accusation.
Source:: BBC UK