Government cuts could jeopardise landscape industry's progress, BALI says

BALI has warned the 30 per cent spending cuts agreed with Defra and DCLG could undo the work of the landscape and horticulture industry in Parliament.

Public spending cuts could affect landscape industry. Image: Pixabay
Public spending cuts could affect landscape industry. Image: Pixabay

In a statement, the landscape trade body acknowledged that cuts in governmental departmental spending are necessary to bring public finances back into surplus by 2019/20.

But it is concerned that the progress made to date by the landscaping and horticulture industry with Defra and the DCLG could be compromised by the cuts.

The statement explains that BALI and other industry bodies are working in a collaborative manner with government departments through the All Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group (APPGHG). They are covering a number of key issues that affect the industry, including the chronic skills shortage, the implementation of the National Living Wage, and local authority contracts.

"Making savings in genuine back office areas is a positive step, assuming that valuable contacts made by the industry within these departments are not lost. This would mean that we struggle to obtain the level of support and recognition we need from government to ensure that landscaping and horticulture is kept at the top of the green infrastructure agenda," the statement says.

It is unclear where the major cuts to spending will come from and what impact they will have on the industry, BALI said. It was hoped that the mention of growing the economy through "green jobs" would include not only green technologies but also the landscaping and horticulture industry. 

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