Monday, 15 June 2015 00:51

Defra mulls options on budget cuts

Written by  Ruralcity Media
Defra mulls options on budget cuts

Defra minister George Eustice says his department is "considering the options" after being told to slash £83m in spending.

Mr Eustice was responding to a parliamentary question from shadow Defra secretary Maria Eagle, who asked how the money would be saved.

Defra has been told by the Treasury to it must make £83m in "efficiency savings" in a government drive to reduce public spending by £3 billion during the current financial year.

Ms Eagle asked how the £83m reduction in spending would be met by Defra and the department's executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

Mr Eustice responded by saving Defra was planning to remain within its budgetary control totals for 2015-16 and is currently developing options to deliver the £83m savings.

He said: "These options include tight control of budgets to drive underspends in-year; further efficiency savings; and asset sales.

"The options are being considered across the core department and Defra's executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies."

Earlier, Mr Eustice said Defra hadn't reached any conclusions on how it would manage the budget it had been given – although all government departments were under pressure on spending.

But there was much more Defra could do when it came to managing its many agencies and arms-length bodes, Mr Eustice acknowledged.

"There is probably more scope for them to work more closely together or in partnership in certain areas where tasks overlap – and to find efficiency savings doing so.

"I certainly think there is scope given the number of arms length bodies we have."

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