Budget hits site clean-up and nuclear power

Emergency cuts in public spending for 2010/11 will hit grants to clean up contaminated land and a loan to invest in manufacturing for new nuclear power stations. Support for electric cars appears safer

The government has cancelled an £80m loan to Sheffield Forgemasters which would have enabled it to build parts for the next generation of nuclear power plants. And local councils will now be free to raid grants to clean up contaminated land and manage flood and coastal erosion to fund other services under financial pressure.

At the end of May the chancellor, George Osborne, outlined cuts in departmental budgets for 2010/11 of £6.2bn as a first step towards tackling the £156bn annual deficit.

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