DEFRA seeks to take strategic control of arm’s length bodies

The environment department will take a top-down approach to policy design and resource allocation, but denies this will compromise regulators’ independence

by Isabella Kaminski
Strategic direction: DEFRA outlines plans to give the Environment Agency and Natural England a stronger steer over priorities (photograph: David Sands, CC by SA 2.0)
Strategic direction: DEFRA outlines plans to give the Environment Agency and Natural England a stronger steer over priorities (photograph: David Sands, CC by SA 2.0)

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