Environmental expenditure remains flat, official figures show

The amount spent by the government on preventing, reducing and eliminating environmental degradation has barely changed in a decade, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS)

It spent a total of £14.7bn on sewerage, solid waste management, landscape protection, other forms of environmental protection and research in 2017, according to figures published last week.

If inflation is not taken into account, the amount is more than three times what was spent in 1995, the first year that data was gathered. It is also about 2% more than in 2016.

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