DEFRA group ‘transformation’ risks damaging EA’s ‘ability to deliver’

The merging of the Environment Agency’s (EA) corporate service functions with DEFRA continues to pose a risk to the regulator’s ability to deliver, according to its annual report.

The report concludes that the changes have led to a “loss of knowledge” at the regulator and increased pressure being placed on DEFRA corporate services staff. 

Last year, the EA transferred responsibility for most of its corporate service functions to DEFRA, including the agency’s finance, human resources and communications teams as part of a wider “group transformation programme”, initiated in response to DEFRA’s spending review settlement for 2015 to 2020. 

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