EA plans more charges and tests whether its services ‘could be delivered by others’

The Environment Agency (EA) is considering whether some of its services and investments could be undertaken by other bodies as it prepares for the upcoming spending review, its latest annual report reveals.

The report, published last week, states that it will test whether its services and investments “are efficient and effective” and whether they “could be delivered by others”.  It also signals the EA’s intention to “look at alternative funding sources such as charges, levies and partnership funding so that grant in aid is treated as a last resort”. 

While the Treasury has not yet issued its formal commission for spending review submissions, the agency has begun identifying funding needs from its business leads, including what will be required to support the “developing DEFRA 2030 vision” to meet challenges arising from Brexit as well as the funding needed to deliver the 25-Year Environment Plan and related industrial and growth strategies. 

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