At least £300 million of funding for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) could be cut in order to save cash, according to a recent newspaper report. The move could see frontline waste and recycling packages cut down drastically if cuts take place. According to the Guardian, cuts have become necessary at Defra because it has been overwhelmed by huge bills for a series of disasters, from the foot and mouth outbreak to blunders over the payments of billion of pounds of European Union cash to farmers. WRAP which is a key part of the Governments programme to divert the amount of waste sent to landfill may also face drastic cuts. The agency which has a £70m turnover may have to live with no cash increases. WRAP would not provide any comment on the Guardian story. A Defra spokeswoman said: No final decisions on budget allocations have been reached. We have said that climate change and protecting the natural environment are two key priorities for Defra, and this will be reflected in allocations. Commenting on the reports that Defra is facing budget cuts of up to £300m, Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment Secretary Chris Huhne said: I pointed out at the time of the Pre-Budget Report that the Treasury is looking for more than £300m of efficiency savings in the Defra budget which are completely unidentified. Ministers should own up to the full consequences of what has been a lousy public expenditure settlement for Defra."