By Damian Carrington

New cuts to councils’ flood budgets in England will leave them under-resourced and ill-prepared, say community groups

Funding for councils to deal with flooding has been slashed by a third by ministers, prompting community groups and Labour to say the government is going backwards on managing flood risk.

Last winter, the wettest on record, saw devastating flooding across the country and forced David Cameron to reverse earlier cuts to flood defence budgets.