• North Yorkshire mulls utilities flood defence funding

    19 August 2019

    North Yorkshire CC is to look at funding flood defence work through contributions from utilities companies.

  • Council chief calls for reform of emergency flood funds

    12 August 2019

    A council hit by heavy flooding has called for the system of Government support to be overhauled.

  • Councils forge ahead with clear-up after flooding

    08 August 2019

    Staff at England's largest council have started work to repair the flood damage that closed roads and deluged homes.

  • Emergency planning has suffered under budget cuts - mandarin

    10 July 2019

    ‘Drastic cuts’ to council budgets have contributed to a lack of resources for emergency planning, a civil servant has warned.

  • Act now on flooding

    06 October 2016

    Councils need to put into practice lessons on floods from the Bonfield review, says Paul Tombs

  • Government flood review 'lacks substance'

    08 September 2016

    The Government’s ‘disappointing’ review into flood defences ‘lacks substance’, fails to acknowledge the role of local government and will not prepare communities in the long-term, council leaders from areas ravaged by extreme weather have claimed.

  • New DCN push on drainage

    05 August 2016

    District councils are to launch a renewed push for the Government to stop internal drainage board levies counting towards the council tax increase threshold.

  • Online support when disaster strikes

    02 August 2016

    Almost half of all businesses that experience a disaster caused by extreme weather fail within 12 months of the incident. Sharon Bleese explains BERT - a resilience toolkit that helps businesses plan for the worst

  • Infrastructure revamp urged by Cumbria LEP

    15 June 2016

    Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has called for a major overhaul of the county’s transport and communications networks.

  • Authorities left high and dry over flood funding support

    07 June 2016

    Whitehall is not giving local authorities the necessary support to prepare for or mitigate the impacts of flooding, according to a new report by the cross-party environmental audit committee.

  • Government accused of 'total shambles' over flooding cash bid

    13 April 2016

    Labour has accused ministers of a ‘total shambles’ over their attempts to secure European Union (EU) money to help communities after the winter floods.

  • Parting the waves

    07 April 2016

    Liz Gent says the level of severe flooding experienced across the North and Scotland proves the UK needs a rethink on resiliance

  • Councils calculate cost of floods at £250m

    01 April 2016

    The cost of damage caused by floods over the winter has reached nearly £250m and is still rising, according to the latest figures.

  • Flooding cost 'still rising'

    29 March 2016

    The cost of damage caused by floods over the winter has reached nearly £250m and is still rising, according to the latest figures.

  • Northern leaders pledge to work together

    18 March 2016

    The leaders of five core cities have pledged to work together to achieve the next phase of the Northern Powerhouse agenda.

  • Budget 2016: Osborne boosts infrastructure and flood defences

    16 March 2016

    Flood resilience was a keynote winner in today’s Budget, with the chancellor raising the potential for spending to be on a secure footing similar to Highways England's under the planned ring-fencing of vehicle excise duty by 2020-2021.

  • A SWIMmingly good solution

    10 February 2016

    A decade on from its original creation, a Dorset CC-based IT solution was revamped and used to aid the flood-hit people of Cumbria and Lancashire. Andy Elliott explains

  • Weathering the storm

    03 February 2016

    Somerset CC was successful in last year’s The MJ Awards for an efficient and effective response to the severe weather problems afflicting the region. Here is how the council approached a dramatic situation.

  • In it to win it

    03 February 2016

    Sir Richard Leese announces the Core Cities will be campaigning for the UK to stay in Europe

  • Mansion tax floated in Scotland

    18 January 2016

    Raising cash through a ‘mansion tax’ is among proposals to deal with funding cuts amid rising tensions between Labour and the SNP in Scotland.