Budget cuts to hit carbon and environmental protection

DEFRA faces 5.5% loss and DECC 2.5% as Osborne swings the axe

The environment department (DEFRA) and the energy and climate department (DECC) have had their budgets cut as part of the new coalition government’s deficit reduction plans announced on Tuesday.

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed cuts in 2010/11 public spending of £6.2bn as a first step towards tackling the annual deficit of £156bn.

DEFRA’s share of the cuts is £162m – 5.5% of its budget. Details on the cuts' impact on its work programme have yet to be revealed, but DEFRA said it would find the savings through:

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