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Union warns Budget has failed the Environment Agency

Trade union GMB has expressed frustration at the latest Budget announcements, saying new provisions for the Environment Agency (EA) are insufficient to maintain its functions.

As part of the Budget for 2014, Chancellor George Osborne has granted the EA another £140m, in addition to the £130m previously announced by the Government in early February.

The funding is meant for repairing and improving flood defences following the storms in England and Wales of early this year.

The GMB pointed out the sum was “little more than the money needed just to put right the damage to the country’s vital flood defences” and that the agency will still be subjected to the planned 1,700 job cuts.

The trade union has reiterated calls for a revision of the EA restructuring programme.

It said: “The Prime Minister should learn from this winter of flooding and damage, reverse the decision to cut the EA’s budget by 10% and commission an Independent Review to establish the levels of capital and revenue funding necessary to provide and maintain the country’s flood and coastal defences and other Environment Agency functions.”

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