Plans to streamline Defra will mean hundreds of job losses

of jobs will be lost in Whitehall as the Government draws up plans to
streamline its rural services.

redundancies are part of a £100m reform of the Department for Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs (Defra), which come just two years after its creation.

measures have been proposed by Labour peer Lord Haskins, to cut bureaucracy and
ensure funding ‘reaches those who need it in rural communities’.

has been criticised as ‘confused’ and ‘over centralised’ by environment
secretary Margaret Beckett, who recommended the department should concentrate
on policy and leave implementation to those at local levels.

By Michael Millar

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