A 30% budget cut has been confirmed by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) for 2008/09 following discussions with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
A spokeswoman said: While the cut in funding is disappointing, it is in line with our expectations, which allowed for a 25% cut with an additional 5 % window. The final budget of £43.2m remains a substantial sum with which we will deliver our important and stretching work programme geared to help lessen the impact of climate change, maximise resource efficiency and help deliver Defras Waste Strategy. Its too early to give any more detail at this stage, but we will review our priority areas as before and provide further information shortly.
Commenting on the cuts Larac chairman Lee Marshall said: Were disappointed that any of WRAPs funding has been cut. It has done a lot in the time it has existed and put a lot of energy into the industry arena. But Im sure with the funding that WRAP has got it will continue with the projects deemed important.