||Internal Drainage Boards||Local Authorities
|What we are responsible for.||Policy.
||Large rivers through cities, towns and agricultural land. Lengths of low lying coastline.
||Drains and dykes in low lying areas.||Small drains and dykes in villages and some towns.
Lengths of coastline, involving seaside towns and cliff frontages.
|What we do.||Provide Strategic Guidance.
||Maintain, operate and improve flood defences.|
Provide 24-hour Flood Warning service.
Supervisory Duty by consent over Local Authorities and Internal Drainage Boards.
Report on Government High Level Targets to DEFRA.
|Maintain, operate and improve flood defences.|
|Maintain and improve flood defences.|
Aftercare for flooded areas.
|How we are funded.||Allocate Grant Aid for improving flood defences and flood warning service.
||Funding is raised through Flood Defence Committees, whose majority of representatives are from Local Authorities.|
It is therefore Local Authority members who have the casting vote on the quantum of investment.
Majority of funding is raised through Local Authorities, via Council Tax.
Grant Aid from DEFRA.
|Raise money locally through drainage rates.|
Receive funding from local Authorities and Grant Aid from DEFRA.
|Raise money locally through Council Tax for their own flood defence service plus Grant Aid from DEFRA