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Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee

The Environment Agency has powers in respect of flood and coastal erosion risk management for 1,642 kilometres of main river and along tidal and sea defences in the area of the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. The Environment Agency spend money on the construction of new flood defence schemes, the maintenance of the river system and existing flood defences, together with the operation of a flood warning system and management of the risk of coastal erosion.

Financial details 

  2018-2019
£'000
2019-2020
£'000 
Gross Expenditure   14,000 20,891
Levies Raised  2,304  2,351
Total Council Tax Base  719  729

The majority of funding for flood defence comes directly from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). However, under the new Partnership Funding rule, not all schemes will attract full central funding. To provide funding for local priorities and contributions for partnership funding, the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee recommend through the Environment Agency a local levy.

A change in the gross budgeted expenditure between years reflects the programme of works for both capital and revenue needed by the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to which you contribute. The total Local Levy raised by this Committee has increased by 2.0%.

The total Local Levy raised has increased from £2,304,497 in 2018-2019 to £2,350,587 for 2019-2020.

North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee

The Environment Agency has powers in respect of flood and coastal erosion risk management for 1,6500 kilometres of main river and along tidal and sea defences in the area of the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. The Environment Agency spend money on the construction of new flood defence schemes, the maintenance of the river system and existing flood defences, together with the operation of a flood warning system and management of the risk of coastal erosion.

Financial details 

  2018-2019
£'000
2019-2020
£'000 
Gross Expenditure   46,481 88,428
Levies Raised 3,938 4,017
Total Council Tax Base  2,110  2,145

The majority of funding for flood defence comes directly from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). However, under the new Partnership Funding rule, not all schemes will attract full central funding. To provide funding for local priorities and contributions for partnership funding, the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee recommend through the Environment Agency a Local Levy.

A change in the gross budgeted expenditure between years reflects the programme of works for both capital and revenue needed by the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to which you contribute. The total Local Levy raised by this Committee has increased by 2.0%.

The total Local Levy raised has increased from £3,937,888 in 2018-2019 to £4,016,646 for 2019-2020.

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