Why ministers are being accused of overstating 25-year plan progress

The stalling of the Environment and Agriculture Bills because of the impasse over Brexit could easily be seen as evidence that the government has failed to make progress on its 25-Year Environment Plan.

Some of the key elements of the plan are dependent on these two pieces of legislation – most notably, the concept of public money for public services, the Office for Environmental Protection, and the policy of net gain within the planning system, all of which will be enacted by the two bills.

Despite this, DEFRA still felt it could report on the progress it has made since publishing the plan in January 2018, as well as giving first sight to more than 60 indicators measuring how it is performing against its objectives, though less than half had any data published with them.

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