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New £50bn scheme could be used to fund flood defences
8:10am Wednesday 17th October 2012 in News
A GOVERNMENT scheme which will see an extra £50 billion invested in infrastructure across the UK has been described as “a step in the right direction” by a York MP who hopes it will unlock funding for flooding schemes in the city.
The Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill was passed in Westminster this week.
York Central MP Hugh Bayley gained an assurance that it can be used to pay for local flood defences and such projects will be considered when applications are made.
Mr Bayley said the Bill had not originally mentioned flooding schemes and tabled an amendment in the wake of the havoc caused by heavy rain in York last month.
Mr Bayley said: “It is a small but necessary step in the right direction and I am glad I got an undertaking from the Government that this new scheme can be used to pay for the further flood protection measures York needs.
“The funding could also be used to dual York’s outer ring road, build homes and improve schools and NHS facilities.”
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