High level policies and legislation

In England, Defra sets policy for flood management. In devolved regions, the Scottish Government, Northern Ireland Assembly and Welsh Assembly take on this role. Government policy on flood management is encapsulated within Making Space for Water (http://www.defra.gov.uk/environ/fcd/policy/strategy.htm). This is linked to the overall water strategy Future Water (Defra, 2008a), which considers flood management as one part of an overall environmental and social strategy for floods, drainage, water supply and water quality. Sitting above these national policies are two important European Directives, the Floods Directive (2007/60/EC) and the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC). The Flood and Water Management Bill (2009-10) includes provisions that will transpose requirements set out in the Floods Directive into law in England and Wales. The Bill seeks to establish the strategic overview role for the Environment Agency for all sources of flood risk.

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