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DECC’s resource budget could fall 90% in three years: report

DECC’s resource budget could fall 90% in three years: report


 

A combination of cuts to government spending and ring-fencing of nuclear and coal liabilities mean DECC could face resource cuts of 90% by 2018-19, a new report has found. Released on Friday 3 July, the analysis by the Green Alliance said that DECC could have just £350mn for all non-ring-fenced activity in 2017-18, including major DECC programmes; moreover, with the commitment to preserve capital spending, by 2018-19 only £40mn would be available for all staffing, analysis and policy implementation functions. The report said that such cuts could result in a “dumbed down DECC”, without the ability to direct enough of its own budget into analysis and strategy, which could make errors and overspend on levy-funded low carbon generation.

 

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