ENDS Report Environmental Law & Politics
May 25, 2019
News, analysis and comment about environmental regulations and enforcement and about environmental developments in Westminster, Holyrood and other UK centres, as well as in the EU and at international level, delivered weekly
Just how green is Boris Johnson?
Just how green is Boris Johnson?

24 May 2019

With Theresa May announcing her resignation, Boris Johnson is the bookies’ favourite to become the next prime minister. ENDS takes a look at his track record on environmental issues


Latest analysis

Theresa May resignation: is green policy about to slip down the government’s agenda?
Theresa May resignation: is green policy about to slip down the government’s agenda?

24 May 2019

The outcome of the forthcoming Tory leadership contest could have significant ramifications for environmental policy, writes Jamie Carpenter

Why ministers are being accused of overstating 25-year plan progress
Why ministers are being accused of overstating 25-year plan progress

23 May 2019

DEFRA claims it is making good inroads into its environment plan but some observers are less sure, deeming its progress report to be unsatisfactory, self-congratulatory and lacking in detail. James Fair reports

Why Gove stripped Natural England of its general bird kill licensing powers
Why Gove stripped Natural England of its general bird kill licensing powers

23 May 2019

A month has passed since Natural England revoked its general bird kill licences to the dismay of many in the landowning community, but the problem is far from solved. James Fair and Rachel Salvidge report


Latest news

£50bn funding gap ‘puts councils’ environmental services at risk’

Local authorities could find themselves £50bn short of funding over the next six years, putting their ability to carry out key environmental services at risk, according to new forecasts

Planned rivers authorities ‘could put local flood management strategies at risk’

A private members bill passing through the House of Lords must be amended so that flood risk strategies at a local and national level are not undermined by the creation of ‘non-transparent’ and ‘non-accountable’ rivers authorities, the RSPB has said

DEFRA takes 8% Natural England budget cut ‘off the table’

The government has rowed back on plans to cut Natural England’s budget by 8% in the 2019/20 financial year, according to DEFRA, but it is unclear whether the wildlife regulator will avoid cuts altogether

Dry summer and lack of watering wipes out 89,000 trees on HS2 rail line

Tens of thousands of trees planted along the High Speed Two rail route to mitigate its environmental impact died last summer due to record temperatures, low rainfall and lack of watering

Theresa May's resignation: as it happened

Prime Minister Theresa May announced this morning that she will resign as leader of the Conservative Party on 7 June. ENDS covered the developments as they unfolded

Waste sector ‘stands ready’ to invest £10bn

The waste sector has said it will invest £10bn over the next 10 years into infrastructure, provided the government can deliver “long-term underpinning stability” through its latest plans to overhaul the system

‘Lipstick on a pig’: MPs and green groups savage green Brexit proposals

Theresa May’s pledge to maintain environmental standards after Brexit as part of a new Brexit proposal to be put before parliament has caused outrage among green campaigners

Plastic straws and cotton buds ‘banned’ from 2020

A ban on all plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds in England will come into force from April 2020, the environment secretary has announced


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Fines Monitor: live table
Fines Monitor: live table

09 May 2019

Click through to view a live table containing details of tens of millions of pounds of financial penalties issued by regulators in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for breaches of environmental regulations


Latest Fines Monitor updates

Waste broker pays £327,000 for facilitating crime

23 May 2019

Oil platform’s dangerous gas blast costs £1.16m

21 May 2019


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Energy Manager Mattinson Partnership, Dublin
Revit Technician (MEP&Water) Mattinson Partnership, East Grinstead
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