Green watchdog plan under pressure, says DEFRA official

There is a “huge amount of work” to do before the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) can meet its statutory objectives next year, an official working on its establishment has admitted.

The new watchdog, which will keep an eye on the government’s green commitments and take legal action if needed, has not confirmed where exactly its office in Bristol will be yet, according to Jon Taylor, OEP policy team leader at DEFRA. Neither has it appointed a chair, a chief executive, board or began the process of recruiting between 60 and 120 staff, he added.

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