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Flood advice service shut down just two months after North of England devastated

An advice service set up by the UK government to help business cope with flooding and climate change has been scrapped, just two months after floods devastated the North of England.

The Times reports that floods minister Rory Stewart told MPs in January that the Climate Ready support service was working hard to help businesses struggling with flooding, only for it to be closed at the end of March.

A leaked email from the Environment Agency, seen by The Times, detailing the service’s closure makes no reference to whether a replacement will be created.

The news comes days after the government decided to scrap the position of climate change envoy, with Lord Baker losing his job.

After that incident, Labour accused the Conservatives of “giving up the pretence of leadership” on climate change.

BP shareholders angry over Dudley’s pay

A group of BP shareholders have urged members at the company’s AGM to reject chief executive Bob Dudley’s $20million pay out, as controversy continues at the oil giant.

Dudley’s pay rose 20% last year to $19.6m, despite the company made a record $6.5billion loss and sacked thousands of employees.

The group of shareholders, known as ShareSoc have said that Dudley’s pay was too high, given the company’s finances.

The Guardian understand that other shareholder groups have also recommended voting against the pay hike at Thursday’s AGM, including Royal London Asset Management which owns 0.7% of BP.

In other news, the FT carries a piece by Sam Leith giving PR advice on how not to handle a Mossack Fonseca sized crisis. One of the examples they cite from the past: BP’s deepwater horizon disaster.

Dudley will be hoping the company handles this controversy with more skill.

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