Environment Agency Flood Protection Levy

The Environment Agency asks councils to collect a levy on its behalf for flood protection work. This levy is included in your Council Tax bill. For a breakdown of spending plans, see Environment Agency invoice and demand (PDF, 752KB). The explanation below is from the Environment Agency.

Council Tax (Demand Notices) regulations

The Environment Agency is a levying body for its Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Functions under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010  and the Environment Agency Regulations 2011.

The Environment Agency has powers in respect of flood and coastal erosion risk management for 6500 kilometres of main river and along tidal and sea defences in the area of the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. 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 and management of the risk of coastal erosion. The financial details are:

North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee  

North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee
  '000s '000s
 Gross expenditure £98,705 £132,090
 Levies raised £4,179 £4,283
Total Council Tax base 2,167 2,208

The majority of funding for flood defence comes directly from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). However, under the new Partnership Funding rule not all schemes will attract full central funding. To provide local funding for local priorities and contributions for partnership funding the Regional Flood and Coastal Committees recommend through the Environment Agency a local levy.

A change in the gross budgeted expenditure between years reflects the programme of works for both capital and revenue needed by the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to which you contribute. The total Local Levy raised by this committee has increased by 2.5%.

The total Local Levy raised has increased from £4,178,918 in 2021/2022 to £4,283,391 for 2022/2023.

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Page last reviewed: 04 March 2022