Spending Review: Natural England chair ‘disappointed’ by extra nature funding

Tony Juniper, the chair of Natural England, has hit out at the Treasury for only allocating an additional £30m for nature protection in yesterday’s Spending Review.

“I am very disappointed that in the wake of raised green ambitions that only 30 million of the new Spending Review billions is for global biodiversity,” he said on Twitter shortly after the announcement made by chancellor Sajid Javid in the Commons. 

“We will do our best with slender resources,” the Natural England chair continued, “but we cannot do what is needed without increased investment.”

Treasury estimates published in August show the nature regulator received £82.2m in central government funding in 2018/19, dropping to £66.4m for the current financial year. 

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