Juniper: Natural England ‘needs £140m more each year’

Successive cutbacks to Natural England’s budget over recent years have put “enormous stress and strain” on staff, according to its chair Tony Juniper.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post newspaper, he said that the biodiversity and landscape regulator needs at least £40m more each year “just to do its basic job.” But a further £50-100m is needed in order to implement the objectives of the 25-Year Environment Plan, set to be put on a statutory footing by the Environment Bill, he said.

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