Large projects which reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion are known as ‘capital schemes’. Find out about the type of work involved and who will carry it out.
Types of work undertaken
Capital schemes are large projects which reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion. They typically spend over £250,000 and involve the construction, improvement or reinstatement of flood and coastal erosion assets that we or other risk management authorities such as local authorities and internal drainage boards own or manage.
Work completed on schemes can return an asset to its original condition, change the current standard of service of a flood defence asset or create a new asset. Works 'Restoring Failing Assets to Condition' spend less than £250,000 and are discrete works to repair or replace Environment Agency flood defence assets that our inspections show are below an acceptable standard.
What information does the map provide?
There are four separate tabs which provide information on flood and coastal risk management schemes, depending on their status.
- Green point or polygon: schemes have reserved funding in 2012/13, which the Environment Agency Board has allocated Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) grant in aid and have been approved by the Regional Flood and Coastal Committees (RFCC). They are expected to complete to the indicative funding profile given for 2013/14 and beyond. Please note that for schemes with reserved funding in 2012/13 the amounts shown relate to the full approved costs of the schemes and so include contingency. Grant actually paid will be confirmed on a scheme by scheme basis. For local authority and internal drainage board schemes payments will be in line with Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) rules for the allocation of funding.
- Amber point or polygon: schemes are not funded in 2012/13 but with indicative funding from 2013/14. Confirmation of funding and timing will depend upon the development of outcomes, costs and partnership arrangements, considered in the context of national prioritisation. Schemes/projects starting beyond 2012/13 have been nationally prioritised (using the Partnership Funding Score) to give an indication of when these schemes are likely to commence. The final decision for each scheme will however rest on the availability of Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA) and annual review of national prioritisation.
- Red point or polygon: schemes require reduced costs, improved outcomes or additional contributions to proceed within the next 5 years.
The map shows schemes which aim to reduce the risks of flooding from rivers, sea, groundwater, surface water and to reduce the risks from coastal erosion. Work to reduce the risks of flooding from sewers is funded separately and not shown on the map.
The information in these programmes has been collected from data provided by the Environment Agency, local authorities and internal drainage boards, who all have responsibilities for flood and coastal risk management in England.
Flood and coastal erosion resilience partnership funding
In May 2011, the Secretary of State for the Environment introduced a new policy, Flood and Coastal Erosion Resilience Partnership Funding. This policy describes a new approach to funding projects in England that will reduce flood and coastal erosion risks.