Defra - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Science Search

Science and Research Projects

Return to Science Search homepage   Return to Search List

Evaluation of the arrangements for managing local flood risk - FD2680

Description
It was estimated that during the summer 2007 floods, two-thirds of the 57,000 properties affected were flooded from local sources. At the time there were no mechanisms in place to enable an integrated approach to planning and managing the impacts of flooding from surface water. The Flood and Water Management Act (2010) contains provisions to implement recommendations from Sir Michael Pitt’s Review to improve the management of local flood risk (surface water flooding, groundwater flooding and flooding from ordinary watercourses) helping to protect people better from the effects of flooding.

To ensure there is an organisation responsible for assessing local flood risk, and improving surface water management, the Flood and Water Management Act (2010) made unitary authorities and county councils (i.e. upper-tier authorities) the lead local flood authority for their area with the role of managing the risk of all local causes of floods.

The objectives of the evaluation are to:
• assess the impact of the changes introduced through the Flood and Water Management Act (2010) in relation to the management of local flood risk,
• evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of LLFAs as a whole, and
• identify best practice in the way in which LLFAs have delivered their responsibilities, including identifying factors which support and those which act as barriers to improved local flood risk management
• identify the scope for simplification or efficiencies in the definition or delivery of the relevant statutory responsibilities, for example through improved partnership-working.
Objective
The objectives of the evaluation are to:
• assess the impact of the changes introduced through the Flood and Water Management Act (2010) in relation to the management of local flood risk,
• evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of LLFAs as a whole, and
• identify best practice in the way in which LLFAs have delivered their responsibilities, including identifying factors which support and those which act as barriers to improved local flood risk management
• identify the scope for simplification or efficiencies in the definition or delivery of the relevant statutory responsibilities, for example through improved partnership-working.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : FD2680 Evaluation of local arrangements for FRM Final Report   (2854k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2014

To: 2015

Cost: £170,376
Contractor / Funded Organisations
CAG Consultants
Keywords
              
Fields of Study
Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management