Natural England to introduce charges for protected species licensing

Applicants for wildlife licences will be subject to charges by Natural England in a bid to plug funding gaps created by repeated cuts by central government

Charging will help Natural England invest in processes to cope with increased demand. Photograph: Michael Lane/123RFNatural England plans to charge for assessing and issuing species licences in a bid to shore up resources after repeated funding cuts.  

It wants to change the service from one that is wholly paid by government to one that is both government and user-funded. It launched a consultation on the proposals on 12 December. 1

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