Defra Cuts Must Not Affect Resources To Tackle Waste Crime

defra-signImpending 30% cuts to Defra and the DCLG must not affect resources to tackle waste crime, according to the Environmental Services Association (ESA).

The Association today (9 November) commented on the anticipated 30% cuts to Defra, DCLG, the Department of Transport and the Treasury announced this morning, with the message that while its accepted that cuts are needed, the ability to tackle waste crime actually saves taxpayers’ money.

ESA’s Executive Director, Jacob Hayler said: “While ESA members fully accept the need for cuts in public spending, these should not be at the expense of the environment or local communities.

“Tackling waste crime actually saves taxpayers’ money, by minimising tax evasion and reducing the costs local authorities incur cleaning up blighted areas.

“We urge the Chancellor to ensure that Defra, local authorities and regulators continue to have sufficient front-line resources to deter waste crime and to deal with it effectively when it occurs.”

Budget Cuts

George Osborne’s Spending Review is set to be published November 25 and will set out how the government will both invest in priority public services and deliver the £20bn further savings required to eliminate Britain’s deficit by 2019/2020.

As part of the Spending Review, Departments will set out how they will meet their share of contributions to this target.

Cuts to Departments were first announced as part of the Queen’s Speech debate in early June, when Osborne confirmed that Whitehall departments outside of protected areas like the NHS, schools and aid would contribute to a total of £383m worth of cuts. 

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne said: “This Spending Review is the next step in our plan to eliminate the deficit, run a surplus and ensure Britain lives within its means. We’ll invest in our priorities like the NHS and national security.

“Elsewhere in government, departments will have to find significant savings through efficiencies and by devolving power, so people have a greater say over the issues that affect them and their communities. We’ll deliver more with less.”

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