Thank you for contacting me recently regarding flooding.

I share your concern about this extremely important issue. The floods we saw last year showed the terrible impact that flooding can have on people’s homes, livelihoods, businesses and communities. It should also remind us how important it is that the next Government do far more to prioritise flood prevention and adapt to the effects of a changing climate.

Under the current Government flood defence funding has been slashed and flooding has been downgraded as a priority, leaving thousands of families at risk.

A Labour Government, however, will take flood prevention seriously. We will reprioritise flooding as a core responsibility of DEFRA and prioritise preventative spending on flood defences that can save money in the long term. Labour will also produce a new adaptation programme to help us prepare for the more extreme weather events that climate change is likely to bring.

Domestic action on flood prevention also needs to be accompanied by strong international action to tackle climate change. That is why a Labour Government will work with international partners for an ambitious and legally-binding agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year and push for climate change to be a key priority in the new UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Thank you once again for writing to me and for sharing your views on this extremely important issue.