Flood Defence Levy

The Environment Agency's flood defence work is funded by a levy on the local councils.  Surrey is covered by the Agency's Southern and Thames regions. The levies are made on Surrey County Council.  The following information is published on behalf of the Environment Agency.

Southern Region

Environment Agency Southern Region is obliged to publish the following information under the requirements of The Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rating (Demand Notices) (England) Regulations 2003 (as amended)

The Environment Agency has powers in respect of flood defence along main rivers and along tidal and sea defences, in the area of the Southern Regional Flood Defence Committee.  Flood defence money is spent 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.  The financial details are:

Southern Regional Flood Defence Committee


 2012/2013  2013/2014
 '000  '000
 Gross Expenditure  £49,947  £42,858
 Levies Raised  £1,177  £1,177
Total Council Tax Base £1,863  £1,662

The majority of funding for flood defence comes directly from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).  However, where there are schemes which do not attract central funding the Agency may seek funding from County and Metropolitan Councils, Unitary Authorities and London Boroughs in the form of a Local Levy.  The Local Levy is shared on the basis of Band D Equivalents between all contributing bodies within the Committee Area.

Changes in the gross budgeted expenditure between the years reflects the impact of the Government Spending Review and national prioritisation of capital projects.

The total Local Levy raised has remained the same in 2013/2014 as 2012/2013 at £1,176,906.

Thames Region

Environment Agency Southern Region is obliged to publish the following information under the requirements of The Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rating (Demand Notices) (England) Regulations 2003 (as amended)

The Environment Agency has powers in respect of flood defence along 5200 kilometres of main river and along tidal and sea defences, in the area of the Thames Regional Flood Defence Committee. Flood defence money is spent 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. The financial details are:

Thames Regional Flood Defence Committee

 2012/2013  2013/2014

 '000  '000
 Gross Expenditure  £84,682  £74,688
Levies Raised  £10,000  £10,500
Total Council Tax Base £5,127  £4,472

The majority of funding for flood defence comes directly from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).  However, where there are schemes which do not attract central funding the Agency may seek funding from County and Metropolitan Councils, Unitary Authorities and London Boroughs in the form of a Local Levy. The Local Levy is shared on the basis of Band D Equivalents between all contributing bodies within the Committee Area.

Changes in the Gross Budgeted expenditure between the years reflects the impact of the Government Spending Review and national prioritisation of capital projects.  The total Local Levy raised has increased by 5%.

The total Local Levy raised has increased from £10,000,000 in 2012/2013 to £10,500,000 for 2013/2014.

If you require further details please use the following:

Customer Service Line: 08708 506 506
Incident Hotline: 0800 80 70 60
Floodline: 0845 988 1188
Web: Environment Agency website

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