Government spent over £360,000 defending air quality plans

The government spent over £360,000 in an unsuccessful attempt to defend DEFRA’s air pollution policies when they were challenged in the courts by ClientEarth

ClientEarth supporters gathered outside the Supreme Court following the first victory in 2015. Photograph: ClientEarthDEFRA spent over £360,000 defending its Air Pollution Action Plan against two legal challenges by ClientEarth.

In a response to a freedom of information (FOI) request, published on 20 October, DEFRA provided a breakdown of the direct costs incurred by the department in defending the two cases brought by ClientEarth in 2011 and 2016.

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