Defra and Decc facing steep budget cuts; Efra calls on public to provide focus; Sutton contract for CK Services; Transitional disposal site for Uttoxeter
Defra and Decc facing steep budget cuts
George Osborne has announced the Spending Review 2015 which sets out £20bn in savings by cutting the budgets of unprotected government departments, which include Defra and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
They are being asked to model two scenarios of 25% and 40% of savings within their resource budgets by 2019-20 in real terms.
These are the same reductions requested ahead of the 2010 Spending Review.
Efra calls on public to provide focus
The 2015 Efra Committee, the government watchdog for Defra, is calling for the public to inform the issues that should be addressed this parliament.
The Committee’s 11 MPs want to know the major concerns of the public and key stakeholders.
New chair, Neil Parish said: “We all very much look forward to working with you, the public, and to hearing your ideas of how the Efra Committee can take action to help create a cleaner environment, greater food security and a more prosperous farming industry.”
Sutton contract for CK Services
CK Services, which specialises in wheelie bin distribution, has been awarded the contract to deliver garden waste recycling wheeled bins on behalf of The London Borough of Sutton (see picture).
The company, which is a division of the CK Group, has been contracted to undertake the project on behalf of recycling product manufacturer MGB Straight.
The project is an opt-in chargeable garden waste service which is being introduced across the borough in order to help the Council achieve a savings target set by government of £40m from their annual budget.
Transitional disposal site for Uttoxeter
A temporary waste disposal site is to be set up while a permanent home for Uttoxeter’s new recycling centre is established.
The Pennycroft Lane site is to close at the end of August as East Staffordshire Borough Council clears the land to make way for housing.
Staffordshire County Council, which is responsible for running the centre, will open a new £1m facility on borough council-owned land.