Defra Told To Prepare For 40% Budget Cut
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Defra Told To Prepare For 40% Budget Cut

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Since the general election, George Osborne has been a man on a mission as he tries to pay back the UK’s debts and reduce spending to the tune of £20 billion. Lowing welfare payouts is one of the main areas he hopes to find the savings he needs, but other government departments are now also being asked to prepare for major cuts to their funding.

Defra Facing More Cuts From The Chancellors Spending Review

The Chancellor has asked every department except for those which have protected budgets, such as education and defence, to model how they would operate under cuts of 25% and 40% a year over the next four years to 2019/20. It is feared that Defra could be one of the departments in line to receive major cuts to funding, putting their waste plans in danger.

The move is also likely to affect other departments with environmental remits including the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). While any of these departments losing budget would be bad news for people connected with the waste and recycling industry, it could hit Defra harder than the others.

This is because Defra has already faced cuts throughout the last government since 2010, leaving already one of the most scaled back with waste programs being scrapped and staff number reduced. Industry figures believe that WRAP, the resource efficiency body, which has already seen its budget slashed from £37.7 million in 2011 to £17.9 million in 2014.

Ray Georgeson, chief executive of the Resource Association, says the proposed cuts are “concerning” for the resources sector.

“This is a worry. You reach a point where how can you go further without a critical change to services? On the one hand we get asked about flat-lining recycling and what is coming from Europe, but at the same time they are shrinking our support services so it is hard to move forward.”

If Defra is reduced any further and has a reduction in its workforce, its feared there won’t be enough experienced professionals to drive the department forward and achieve its long term goals. However it will not be until November that the spending review will be published.

Announcing his Spending Review, Chancellor George Osborne said: “This Spending Review is the next step in our plan to eliminate the deficit, run a surplus and ensure Britain lives within its means.

“We’ll invest in our priorities like the NHS and national security. Elsewhere in government, departments will have to find significant savings through efficiencies and by devolving power, so people have a greater say over the issues that affect them and their communities. We’ll deliver more with less.”

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