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WRAP and Environment Agency budgets slashed

Budgets for environmental arm’s length bodies WRAP and the Environment Agency (EA) are due to decline by £18m and £32.9m by 2014-15, respectively, according to new budget settlements published by Defra.

According to the Arm’s Length Body allocations 2011-2015 document, WRAP will see its budget allocation fall from £48.1m in 2010-11 to £34.7m in 2011-12, £31.8 in 2012-13 and £30.1 in 2013-14 and 2014-15, however, funding has not yet been confirmed for 2012-15.  

WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin said: “We are pulling together an ambitious business plan for the next four years - we’re confident it will be sufficiently resourced by our four key funders to deliver the necessary impacts to help the UK become more resource efficient.”

WRAP will also see the withdrawal of £9.5m of funding for capital programmes such as anaerobic digestion and the aggregates sustainable levy fund.

The EA will see its budget for environmental protection and water decline from £199.9m in 2010-2011 to £187.9m in 2011-2012, £182.1m in 2012-13, £173.3m in 2013-14 and £167m by 2014-15

Speaking before the departmental budgets had been finalised, EA head of waste Liz Parkes told MRW: “We’re confident it won’t reduce our ambition – far from it. We need to take tough action and our ability to deliver won’t be affected.”

Budgets for WRAP and the EA are referred to as Departmental Expenditure Limits, which cover all administration costs and most programme expenditure.

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