GMB Members At Environment Agency Do Not Know What Revenue Spending Will Be On Maintenance Of Flood Defences From 2016/17 Onwards
Number of staff who will be available to deal with flooding out of hours is due to fall with meeting in mid-January 2016 to discuss how many jobs will be cut and where says GMB.
GMB, the union for staff at the Environment Agency, commented on the cuts in spending at the Environment Agency in light of the extensive flooding across the UK.
Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer, said "You would have thought David Cameron had learnt the lesson from the floods of 2013/14. Apparently not.
GMB members at the Environment Agency still do not know what day to day revenue spending will be on maintenance of flood defences from 2016/17 onwards. This is apart from the scrapping of hundreds of flood defence schemes due to cuts in spending.
As things stand the number of staff who will be available to deal with flooding out of hours is due to fall. There will be a meeting in mid-January 2016 to discuss how many jobs will be cut and where.
The weekend's weather events are yet another reminder of the foolhardy stupidity of the government making spending cuts to the Environment Agency. It is quite simply penny wise and pound foolish to make any cuts that affects any of the Agency's vital functions, or cut the jobs of those who carry them out."
Contact: Justin Bowden 07710 631351 or Donna Dowling 07940 730633 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823