Scotland’s bumper draft budget points to green future but cuts cash for SEPA

Environment and climate change funding gets £97.9m boost from Holyrood, but its environment regulator will see its third budget cut in a row

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Holyrood will cut SEPA's resource budget in spite of overall environment sector boost. Photograph: Charles03/123RF

The Scottish government is to increase spending on the environment and climate change by 32% (£97.9m) on last year.

Its draft budget, published on 14 December, shows spending will rise to £404.9m although its environmental regulator  and heritage body are set to lose out yet again. 

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