Defra receives £100m bonus from Treasury.

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have been awarded a £100 million 'bonus' for agreeing to an early settlement on its spending cuts during the Comprehensive Spending Review. 

Defra Secretary, Caroline Spelman, said the bonus was a 'very important feature of our settlement' when she agreed to cut £661 million from her £3 billion budget over the next four years.

It is reported that under the deal, the Treasury will allow Defra to retain all proceeds from the sale of capital assets such as national forestry and properties that form part of the departmental estate, up to the value of £100 million.

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