10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week: DEFRA’s 'unstable' staffing risks poor outcomes, say auditors, Theresa May backs vote on adopting EU green standards, Chris Packham launches not-for-profit to challenge nature policy in the courts

Michael Gove
DEFRA's quality of work is being threatened, the NAO said this week

DEFRA’s 'unstable' staffing risks poor outcomes, say auditors

Staffing tumult and the pressures of Brexit are threatening the quality of DEFRA’s work, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). Its latest report on the department the NAO highlighted how DEFRA and its delivery bodies are under “significant strain” and facing “a major challenge leading up to EU Exit. MORE

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