Hertfordshire County Council officers have today confirmed to Liberal Democrat county councillors that the government has cut direct grant funding for the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), the body responsible for sorting out surface water flooding across the county.
Officers confirmed that the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) had 'rolled in' the previously separate LLFA grant into the Revenue Support Grant (RSG), a general pot. When asked, officers confirmed the RSG was precisely the same value as before.
Paul Zukowskyj, Shadow Deputy Leader of the council and spokesperson for Resources, commented: "The Government have, with barely concealed contempt, cut funding that was supposed to prevent flooding of homes and businesses. In the middle of a really wet winter, when reports of floods are 'flooding' in, this is a slap in the face to those struggling to cope and will load even more demand onto our stretched emergency services, who will have to pick up the pieces.
"Cutting the funding is short-changing our residents. It's short-changing the future. I thought there was little this train-wreck of a government could do to surprise me, but they have outdone themselves on this."