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SCOTTISH ENVIRONMENT AGENCY LACKS FUNDS FOR BASIC ROLE

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency does not have the budget to carry out its role, according to a report in...
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency does not have the budget to carry out its role, according to a report in the Independent (p6).

The agency is facing a 10% funding cut and has found it is unable to recover VAT, unlike the Environment Agency in England.

The Scottish agency's board last week ordered cuts of£3m to fill a hole in its£28m budget, and is left short of funds for important monitoring work.

Included in the cutbacks are training and pollution monitoring, and the agency is concerned it may not be able to meet its legal requirements.

Tricia Bradley, a member of the agency's West Region board, said: 'in effect they are being forced to break the law because they haven't got the money to meet their commitments'.
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