Environment Agency cuts to see 1,700 jobs disappear

The Environment Agency is to make nearly 15% of its staff redundant in 12 months, after having its annual funding from Defra slashed by £33.5 million

Environment Agency cuts to see 1,700 jobs disappear

Agency staff were told in an email on 10 October that the regulator would be restructuring and cutting its headcount as a result of significant reductions to its revenue streams. “Our core environment and business grant in aid (GiA) revenue funding is likely to reduce by around £21 million and flood control risk management GiA by around £12.5 million from 2013/14 to 2015/16,” confirmed the agency’s chief executive, Paul Leinster. “The changes mean that we will have to reduce staff numbers.”

Initially, employees were told that 1,400 jobs would go over three years. However, on 21 October the agency revealed a further 300 positions were to be cut and that all 1,700 posts would disappear within a year.

Although staff had expected to be affected by the government’s decision to cut Defra’s administrative budget by 9.6% in 2015/16, the speed ...

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