Osborne: Defra will see 30% spending cut

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is to see its spending reduced by around 30% in the next four years. Chancellor George Osborne revealed Defra, along with […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is to see its spending reduced by around 30% in the next four years.

Chancellor George Osborne revealed Defra, along with three other government departments, have reached a provisional agreement with the Treasury over the budget cuts.

Making the announcement yesterday, he said: “These savings will be achieved by a combination of further efficiencies in departments, closing low value programmes and focusing on our priorities as a country.

“These provisional settlements apply to the day to day resource spending of the central departments – they are not the capital budgets of these departments.”

It comes ahead of the Spending Review this month – which will be audited for its environmental impact – when Mr Osborne plans to cut £20 billion of government spending in the next four years.

Last month the Chancellor committed to spending £100 million in infrastructure projects, including energy, by the end of the decade.