Downing Street mulls creation of energy and climate change department

Prime minister Boris Johnson is looking to revive a department for energy and climate change as part of a major Whitehall shake-up following his election victory last week.

Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings is understood to be planning a reorganisation of the civil service that could include carving out responsibility for climate change from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and housing it in a separate department, as it was under the coalition government. 

The idea, first reported by the Sunday Times, has been subsequently confirmed as an option that officials are considering. 

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