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In the papers today - 3rd August

Massive funding cuts at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is threatening waste management, canal repair and flood defence projects. About £200M has been cut from DEFRA's budget due to costs overrunning on existing projects. The Environment Agency is set to experience the biggest cuts at £24M. Construction of new flood defences is expected to go ahead, but maintenance of them will be cut back. - The Independent

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