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CIWM wants more clarity on Defra budget impacts

Calls for more clarity about how Government budget settlements will affect key recycling and waste reduction programmes have come from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).

Chief executive Steve Lee said: The substantial cuts for delivery bodies, including a 30% cut for the Waste & Resources Action Programme, could undermine the ambitious objectives in the Waste Strategy for England 2007.

We have yet to see the more detailed thinking behind the strategic budget decisions that have been made, including the impact on work that was funded through the Business Resource Efficiency & Waste programme. However, these cuts are likely to see an end to crucial support for local authorities and business and industry at a time when that support is most needed.

However, the Government said that this settlement has increased real funding by 1.4% for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. It also said that sustainable waste infrastructure will get an extra £2 billion in Private Finance Initiative credits over the next three years (21 February 2008, mrw.co.uk).

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