Despite 31 compulsory redundancy notices being issued to staff, the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) said that 18 new posts will be created. While the new opportunities are a positive development, it has also been rumoured that proposed budget cuts, initiated by the Government (December 11 2007, mrw.co.uk), could increase from 25% to 30% threatening the continuation of some work.
Unable to confirm or deny the increase, a WRAP spokeswoman told MRW: At the end of last year, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) told us that for planning purposes we should work to a possible budget cut of 25% with a 5% window either way and that we wouldnt know our final budget until later. That remains the case. We expect to get our final budget in the next few weeks.
But she explained that the 18 news posts being created would help us deliver our objectives in the new business plan. That means there will be new opportunities at WRAP.
More recently WRAP announced that the Home Composting campaign, which subsidises bins for local authorities, would raise its bin prices as its subsidies had reduced. (January 24 2008, mrw.co.uk).