EA staff enter seventh week of emergency response

With more severe weather lashing parts of the UK today, Environment Agency staff are working tirelessly under dark clouds bringing more heavy rain and more job losses. 
UNISON National Officer for the Environment Agency, Matthew Lay, said:

“Environment Agency staff have been working around the clock in difficult circumstances for more than seven weeks now.

“Continued funding cuts will see staff levels at the Agency reduced by a quarter since the Coalition came to power in 2010. This sort of reduction compromises the ability of the Environment Agency to respond to emergencies as there is simply not enough staff on the ground to manage a prolonged incident.

“What we need is long-term investment in the Environment Agency.”