Wednesday 17 December 2008

Bennt truth

Hilary Benn has just said in the House that six local authorities will be the first to benefit from £15m set aside to help councils build flood defences.

He named the six areas - a sure thing to get a headline in a local paper.

What he didn't say, and what sharp regional hacks have just found out from Defra, is that each of those six will actually only get £50,000.

That might just cover the cost of a public consultation on what they should do with the money they don't have.

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