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Union speaks out against Environment Agency job cuts amid storms

Science workers’ union Prospect has demanded the UK government suspend its plan to cut 1,500 jobs from the Environment Agency as the country battles storms and flooding.

In a statement released on 3 January, Prospect’s deputy general secretary Leslie Manasseh said: “Last week David Cameron praised Environment Agency staff for doing an amazing job with the floods and extreme weather…Yet [politicians] expect the managers running such vital services to be forced to focus on how to make cuts, diverting them from their vital work…We urge the government to stop these cuts in their tracks and call an immediate review.”

In October, agency staff learned of the planned cuts, which would result in 13 per cent of the agency’s 11,400 staff losing their jobs. According to figures cited in the Prospect statement, the cuts would include more than 550 people doing flood-related work at the agency but other than that it "is not yet clear exactly where the cuts will fall".

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