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Policy and Law Making Bodies

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

  • is the central government department responsible for laws and policies on flood and coastal erosion risk management in England.
  • has powers to grant aid and funding for flood risk management and coastal erosion projects in England.

Environment Agency

The Welsh Government

The Scottish Government

  • proposes laws and sets policy framework for flood risk management in Scotland.
  • approves objectives and actions set out in flood risk management plans for Scotland.
  • has powers to grant aid and funding for flood risk management projects in Scotland.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Local councils

  • Unitary authorities in England & Wales must develop, maintain, apply and monitor a local flood risk management strategy in their areas.
  • County councils must do this for areas with no unitary authority.
  • In Scotland, every local authority must develop, maintain, apply and monitor a local flood risk management plan in its area.

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