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EA vague on impact of extra funding

The Environment Agency has provided limited details on how it intends to use the additional funding it received to fight waste crime, although uncertainties on planned job cuts remain.

As part of the latest Budget statement, the Government gave the EA some £5m to tackle illegal waste activities. The funding will be diverted from the landfill communities fund, which will be reduced to £71m.

An EA spokesperson said: “We will use this money to help us deal with illegal waste exports, mis-description of waste and illegal waste sites.

“The £5m will break down as £3m this year and £2m the next year.”

However, she said further details on how this would impact job numbers were not available.

The EA workforce is set to be reduced by 10% by October.

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