Waste advisory body WRAP has insisted its work with the food industry remains a key priority, even though Defra is cutting its budget by 11% and reviewing its responsibilities.
The body - which oversees the Courtauld Commitments on packaging waste in the food sector as well as the consumer-facing Love Food Hate Waste campaign - will see its annual budget from Defra fall from £28.8m in 2012/13 to £25.74m in 2013/14.
A spokesman said the cut was “not unexpected” and that WRAP would manage the funding reduction by focusing on areas where its work had the greatest impact.
He insisted that WRAP’s work on tackling food waste would remain “a major priority”. “We are confident that WRAP’s impact and delivery will not be reduced,” he said.
He added that while Defra had opted to give WRAP less money, WRAP also received received funding from the Scottish and Welsh governments and was carrying out “ambitious” projects for both.
Defra’s review of WRAP is part of a wider review of government agencies. WRAP said talks with Defra had already started.