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Defra slashes 5% of WRAP's budget with more expected to come

More than £2.6m has been cut from the Waste & Resources Action Programme’s budget by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

In an interview with MRW this week at the Futuresource exhibition, environment minister Lord Henley confirmed that a 5% cut had been imposed on WRAP and other arms-length bodies funded by Defra.

A spokesman for WRAP told MRW: “As part of the measures taken across Government to reduce public spending by £6.2bn by next April to reduce the UK’s budget deficit, WRAP has been informed by its main funder Defra that its 2010-11 budget is to be reduced by £2.67m.

“WRAP plans to make the savings through a combination of the current freeze on recruitment being implemented by Government departments and their arms-length bodies, through reductions in advertising and marketing activity, and by stopping low-priority projects.

“WRAP will be able to achieve this manageable budget reduction without stopping any of its programmes or making staff redundant.”

The spokesman also confirmed that this year’s funding from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Governments has not been affected and that this cut only applies to funding from Defra. It means that WRAP’s overall budget has been reduced from £98,568,000 to £95,895,000.

In an interview with MRW, which can be seen in the 25 June issue of the magazine and shortly on, Lord Henley said that the budget for WRAP and other arms-length bodies would be assessed in the comprehensive spending review in the autumn.

The WRAP spokesman added: “WRAP has not been given any indication of what its budget will be in the next financial year and beyond, but clearly we expect further reductions.”

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