Environment Agency to cut 15% of staff within the year

The agency is to undergo major restructuring to cope with budget cuts. It may stop work entirely in some areas but flood defence appears protected

The Environment Agency will slash almost 15% of staff by next October to cope with cuts in central government funding, according to a statement given to ENDS.

Staffing numbers are likely to drop from their current 11,400 to 9,700, it says. This is on top of cuts already made. The agency had 13,700 staff in summer 2009, although that included some 1,150 Welsh staff who have since been amalgamated into Natural Resources Wales.

The situation is fast changing. At the start of October, the agency’s chairman, Lord Chris Smith, and chief executive, Paul Leinster, emailed staff saying numbers had to be reduced to 10,000 by October 2016.

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