New Environment Bill measures: 16 things you need to know

Michael Gove revealed new details of the scope of the forthcoming Environment Bill in a major speech at Kew Gardens. Here’s what you need to know about the key announcements from the environment secretary.

1 Gove has “sharpened the teeth” of the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP)

Modelled on the Office for Budget Responsibility, the OEP will receive upfront, multi-year budgets and will be independent of ministerial interference, Gove said. While the secretary of state will still make the appointment of the watchdog’s chair, a committee will have the power to veto it. The watchdog will offer a free-to-use complaints system, hold government to account by being able to take it and public bodies to court, as well as have the power to undertake its own investigations, according to the secretary of state.

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