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18-20 June 2019

Telford International Centre, UK

Ian Russell

Ian Russell

Ian Russell

Senior Advisor, Environment Agency Speaking On: Day 1 (20th March) Session: Different approaches to partnership working
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  • Public Sector Co-operation Agreements –  efficient delivery through local partnerships

The Public Sector Cooperation Agreement (PSCA) provides arrangements for the Environment Agency (EA) and an Internal Drainage Board (IDB), Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), District Council (DC) or other Risk Management Authority (RMA) to deliver flood risk maintenance works and similar activities by a partnership approach. This is a major step forward in securing efficient work practices at a local level. The agreement places both parties on a sound legal basis to deliver work as agreed “ either party may undertake work for the other. PSCAs ensure consistency of approach to partnership working across the country. The first PSCA was signed in October 2013, currently the EA have 71 PSCAs in place comprising 59 with IDBs, 11 with LLFA and 1 with a Navigation Authority. Since initiation orders to the value of £7.9m have been raised for PSCA works delivering significant efficiency savings in the process. Based on section 13(4) of the Floods and Water Management Act, a PSCA can cover any maintenance or similar activity such as inspections, obstruction removal, weed control, grass cutting and tree work. It also provides for mutual RMA support in managing flood incidents.

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