Natural England: chair admits regulator has lost its independence from DEFRA

The outgoing chair of Natural England has told a House of Commons committee that the organisation has “lost too much freedom” and that cuts have had a “destabilising effect”, making it “very hard to run”

Andrew Sells Natural England
Andrew Sells admits Natural England has lost its freedom

The outgoing chair of Natural England has told a House of Commons committee that the organisation has “lost too much freedom” and that cuts have had a “destabilising effect”, making it “very hard to run”.

Andrew Sells, speaking to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee this morning, said he had “tried hard” to push back and reclaim powers from DEFRA but that he had failed. He said he would advise his successor to “never let go of independence”, but went on to say that “I have to admit that’s not one of my achievements”.

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