DEFRA denies forestry u-turn means more cuts

DEFRA has dismissed fears that its decision to end the consultation on selling off publicly-owned forests will mean budget cuts in other areas.

The department has reacted to suggestions in the Sunday Telegraph that cuts would need to be sought in areas such as animal health.

“The decision to end the forestry consultation will not lead to any further cuts to the DEFRA budget for flood defences, animal health or any other area,” it said. 

“As this was a consultation, no potential sales were factored into the savings required to meet our Spending Review settlement, and therefore there will be no impact on DEFRA’s spending plans in other areas.”

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