Environment Agency to decimate staff

Budget reductions are forcing the agency to cut 10% of jobs and consider changing its structure to ensure it can maintain environmental standards

The Environment Agency is to slash over 10% of its staff to cope with cuts in central government funding, according to an email sent to staff.

The agency’s board will this week consider proposals to reduce staffing numbers to 10,000 by October 2016, it says.

That would be down from 11,400 today and 13,700 in summer 2009, although that larger figure included almost 1,150 Welsh staff who have since been amalgamated into Natural Resources Wales.

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