Spending review: environment suffers worst cuts once again

Guardian: Environment secretary Owen Paterson had, I'm told, battled hard in the fight over which departments' budgets would fare the worst in Wednesday's spending review. He failed. One insider told me: "Paterson was lucky to escape with a department at all." George Osborne inflicted the highest level of budget cuts – 10% - on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), alongside a few other unfortunates – just as he did in the 2010 spending review. The casualties will be flood defences......

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