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WRAP faces 11% funding cut

WRAP is facing a squeeze on funding as Defra has cut its budget by almost 11% for this year.

WRAP will get £25.74m from the department for the 2013-14 year, down from £28.8m in 2012-13, the previous year, according to indicative figures.

The waste reduction agency receives around half of its funding from Defra. It also receives funding from Scottish and Welsh goverments and it is expecting these figures to be confirmed between now and the new financial year in April.

WRAP will also be subject to a review by Defra as part of a Government drive to ensure that various agencies are value for money.

In his autumn statement in December, chancellor George Osborne said that Whitehall departments would have to find cuts to fund spending on schools, transport and science.

Defra is facing cuts of £20m in 2013-14, and £35m in 2014/15.

A spokesman for Defra declined to comment on WRAP’s funding cut in relation to other bodies that received cash from the department, but said: “Like all government departments, we have to look for cuts across all operations to meet the government’s drive to cut the budget deficit.”

WRAP acknowledged the need for some cuts but said it would manage the cuts by focusing on the areas where it had most impact.

“Programmes like the Construction Sector Halving Waste to Landfill work are naturally coming to a close,” a spokesperson said. “We are already discussing with Defra the priority areas for next year. We are confident that WRAP’s impact and delivery will not be reduced.”

They added: “We look forward to co-operating closely with Defra, we have a strong track record of delivering value for money for all our funders, and will be taking the opportunity to demonstrate this as a part of the review process.”

Speaking at WRAP’s annual conference in November 2012, chief executive Liz Goodwin said resource efficiency benefitted the economy and WRAP’s work saved £18 for every £1 spent.






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