Grant announcement for New Forest National Park Authority

Published Monday 20 December 2010

Defra today announced that, as part of the Government’s spending review, the New Forest National Park Authority’s annual grant for 2011/2012 will be reduced by 21.5% over the next four years.

.The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) today announced that, as part of the Government’s spending review, the New Forest National Park Authority’s annual grant for 2011/2012 will be reduced by 21.5% over the next four years.

This represents a change in the annual grant from £4 million in the current financial year (2010/2011) to £3.1 million in 2014/2015.

Julian Johnson, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: 'The spending review announcement falls within what we have been expecting.

‘Now we know what our settlement is we can plan the best way of dealing with the cuts from April 2011. We have, for a while now, been looking at ways we can do things better or differently, including how we can generate income to support projects for the Forest.’

‘One area where we have already made significant savings is our forthcoming move to Lymington Town Hall with New Forest District Council. All work has been planned in a cost-effective way. There will be savings for the tax-payer through shared services and both organisations will look to deliver more on-going savings.

'Our main aim is to continue to deliver our National Park purposes of protecting this unique landscape and increasing understanding and enjoyment of its qualities, while also sustaining the social and economic wellbeing of the area.

'There will, however, be some tough choices to make and there will be things we will have to stop doing. We are talking to partners and stakeholders to determine our future priorities.

'We intend to ensure that the Authority can continue working closely with our partners and communities to deliver the best for the New Forest.'

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Media Contact:
Karen Evans
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

Hilary Makin
Tel: 01590 646608
Email: hilary.makin@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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