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Environmental agencies wait on Defra to find out their 2009/10 budgets

Government funded environmental agencies are waiting on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to find out if they will get their budgets cut for the next financial year.

Agencies such as the Waste & Resources Action Programme, Envirowise and the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme are still waiting to find out their budgets for 2009/10. The budgets have yet to be finalised.

Defra is carrying out a comprehensive review of all its delivery bodies, including those which promote resource efficiency and recycling, in a bid to make them more efficient and get better value for money.

A WRAP spokeswoman said: Last August Defra wrote to us saying that we should plan on the basis of having the same budget in 2009/10 as we have had this financial year (2008/09).

Subject to the outcome of the Delivery Landscape Review that remains the situation, we are waiting to hear the outcome of that review. We have been given no indication of the sort of cut referred to in some press reports.

NISP Programme Director Peter Laybourn said: NISP has been integrally involved in all aspects of discussion about the DLR with Defra, and although were still waiting for the official outcome, Defra has assured us that it will continue to fund NISP at approximately the same level until at least March 2010."

A Defra spokeswoman said: We will be making a statement about the DLR in due course. No funding decisions have been made.


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