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Defra’s response to the Public Accounts Committee report

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There has been coverage in The Times, Sky News, and BBC News on the publication of a report by the Public Accounts Committee, which criticises the government’s action to improve the natural environment.

The Government recognises the importance of protecting the nation's natural environment and we are investing accordingly. Defra and its agencies received a £1 billion increase in overall funding at the Spending Review - so we can do more to tackle climate change and protect our environment for future generations.

A Defra spokesperson said:

This Government has made significant progress in protecting the natural environment, improving biodiversity, and combatting climate change.

We are ambitious in our determination to build back greener from the pandemic through a range of actions – including progressing our 25-year Environment Plan and securing Royal Assent for the Environment Bill, which will enshrine environmental targets for our air quality, water, and biodiversity in law. We are also investing £640million in the Nature for Climate Fund and establishing an independent Office for Environmental Protection.

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  1. Comment by Mark posted on

    When I first signed up to updates from this page, it seemed to provide informative pieces on the work being done. It now seems to have been taken over by a spin / marketing manager and consists primarily of posts seeking to defend the Government against the media.
    I appreciate that there is a need to challenge journalism, particularly if the reports are factually inaccurate. However, please could you also try to return to more informative pieces rather than simply being reactionary to the press when you feel they are being "nasty".
    PS if you started to live up to the recent manifesto commitments of leaving the environment in a better state than it was when you inherited it and no degradation of standards following Brexit, you'd probably also find there would be fewer articles in the media that you felt the need to try to defend yourself from!

  2. Comment by John Baxter posted on

    Every success to your endeavours!.