What the loss of admin role means for Natural England

Natural England insists its future is secure despite losing administration of the Countryside Stewardship scheme to the Rural Payments Agency, but others are sounding the alarm. Rachel Salvidge investigates

Mute swans in field with cows

Natural England staff will still advise farmers despite loss of administration role

Natural England, like many public bodies, has shrunk in size and stature over the past decade. Its budgets have been slashed, its headcount decimated and its back- and mid-office functions combined with those of the Environment Agency (EA) and DEFRA.

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