MPs slam Government for its ‘cuts and complacency’

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Halifax MP Holly Lynch has been visiting flood hit businesses with Shadow Environment Secretary Kerry McCarthy to assess the damage caused by the Calderdale floods and see what needs to be done to protect homes and businesses in the future.

The Labour MP introduced the Shadow secretary to volunteers helping with the clean-up effort at Christ Church in Sowerby Bridge and discussed Calderdale Council’s support for those affected with Council Leader Tim Swift.

The two MPs then visited the Pulman Steel site in Sowerby Bridge to discuss the damage caused by an unprecedented amount of water entering their facility which caused hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage. Holly said: “The recent floods have been devastating for Calderdale. It is heartbreaking to see people’s homes and businesses ruined by flood water.

“It was good to be joined by Kerry McCarthy who leading the fight for an increase in the flood protection budget which this year alone has been cut by £115 million.

“The Chancellor George Osborne visited Pulman Steel twice during the general election campaign, let’s see if he’ll visit now that we need some support.”

They went on to meet with Yorkshire Water where they discussed the important role the water company plays in managing reservoirs and moorland and how they had ensured that household water supplies were unaffected.

Kerry McCarthy said: “It is increasingly clear that so-called ‘unprecedented’ weather events are here to stay.

“The Government must drop its complacency over the need for climate change adaptation.

“It must also invest in maintaining flood defences, rather than cutting them as they had planned, as well as look urgently at what else can be done to reduce flood risk in future.”