The number of planned job cuts at the Environment Agency has been reduced, the Government response to a report by Defra’s watchdog has revealed.
Following additional funding received in the latest Budget, the agency expects staff levels to be around 10,250 by October 2014, which is 550 more than previously thought.
Last October, the EA estimated a restructuring programme would have resulted in a loss of 1,700 employees – or 15% of its 11,400 workforce – in the following 12 months.
The new estimate means the job cuts will be around 10% of the EA’s staff levels at October 2013.
The announcement was included in the Government’s response to the Ninth Report of Session 2013–14 of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee, which was published in January.
The EFRA committee had asked Defra to set out its position in relation to the reported reductions in staff at the EA.
Defra responded the planned job cuts will not affect its ability to respond to flooding and the additional funding will mean no reduction in the agency’s flood and coastal risk management job numbers.