This indicator will track changes in the impacts of flooding and coastal erosion on people’s lives. We continue to refine the approach to the finalisation of this indicator to ensure it aligns with the government’s policy statement on Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management. The policy statement sets out a commitment to develop a national set of indicators that will enable us to track progress towards our aim of increasing resilience in flood and coastal erosion risk management.
Readiness and links to data
This indicator is not available for reporting in 2023 as further development is required. The government set out its policies to tackle flood and coastal erosion risk in the long term in the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Policy Statement. As part of this work, we are reviewing the indicators proposed for the 25 Year Environment Plan to ensure they align with the outcomes of the Policy Statement and the Environment Agency’s National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England.
Although the Environment Agency does not routinely carry out economic cost analysis of all floods, it has published cost of flooding reports following the winter 2013 to 2014 and winter 2015 to 2016 floods. The flood and coastal erosion risk management annual reports (from 1 April 2011) provide further context and statistics about the impacts of recent major flood events. The National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England sets out measures and actions to achieve a nation resilient to climate change. Development of the indicators is ongoing with an aim to provide an update on progress in 2023.