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Flood risk governance structure

Who has responsibility for managing flood risk?

Flood risk management is the responsibility of everyone, not solely the organisations identified by the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. No single body has the means to reduce all flood risk.

Effective management involves various bodies each with a range of relevant duties and powers. The more the relevant organisations are able to find opportunities to work together and with the community the better use will be made of their capacity and resources. The regional flood and coastal committees (RFCCs) play a fundamental role in the management of flood risk.

Finding an appropriate way for the wide range of interested parties to be involved in and interact with the local flood risk management strategy is a priority for us, as lead local flood authorities.

However, it is also recognised that the process of arranging frequent meetings can be a strain on resources for those involved. To this end the strategy is proposing an approach to partnership based on strategic overview as well as local delivery. This will ensure that the appropriate bodies and organisations are present at the appropriate time. 

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