50 more Natural England staff seconded to DEFRA to work on Brexit

An MP has accused the government of “systematically gutting” England’s nature regulator after figures emerged showing that the body has lost 50 more staff to DEFRA to work on secondment on Brexit-related projects, with many of their roles at Natural England not replaced

Natural EnglandAn MP has accused the government of “systematically gutting” England’s nature regulator after figures emerged showing that the body has lost 50 more staff to DEFRA to work on secondment on Brexit-related projects, with many of their roles at Natural England not replaced.

In a written question, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas asked how many staff had been transferred from the conservation body to DEFRA since July 2016. In response, environment minister George Eustice revealed that “most recently” 50 staff “had been successful in secondment opportunities” to DEFRA on two-year placements.

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