The directors of the Environment Agency have come under growing pressure to repay huge bonuses they were awarded days before the worst floods of modern times.
Environment Agency chairman Baroness Young was paid £24,000 bonus
Baroness Young said water bills would have to rise to pay for additional flood defences
Details of the five-figure payouts were slipped out at the end of last week, on the last day of Parliament. This triggered accusations of a cover-up and exacerbated anger in the worst-hit areas of
The Labour peer Baroness Young, the agency's chairman, was paid a £24,000 bonus, 15 per cent of her £163,000 salary, the agency's annual report disclosed. Eight more executives, including the director of water management, received bonuses averaging 10 per cent.
On Saturday, in an interview in The Daily Telegraph, Lady Young said water bills would have to rise to pay for additional flood defences.
Last night she defended the agency's record and the payment of performance-related bonuses, saying that the organisation had done what it could in the face of an "extreme weather event".