Gradually a picture is emerging of how Liz Truss sees a post spending review Defra. Both the EFRA interview and speech to the Institute for Government develop ideas further. A number of new Pathfinder studies are announced. EFRA committee interview with Liz Truss – watch the video – January 26th Speech on reforming Defra for […]

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Water briefing: The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs has published its second catchment partnerships report for the period 2014-15. Defra delegated the powers to provide financial assistance to the Environment Agency in order to support the establishment and maintenance of partnerships across all 87 (and 6 crossborder) water management catchments in England. The Environment Agency has […]

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The green light for North Yorkshire coastal path reinforces recent Government announcements   on their commitment to coastal path investment. Defra 15th Jan  ‘New coastal paths have been approved from Filey Brigg to Newport Bridge and Dunball Wharf to St Audries Bay. The longest single section of coastal path ever to be approved has been given […]

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There are a bewildering array of other elements behind the headline % cuts which are lower than predicted. Smoke and mirrors, billions down the back of the sofa, an OBR windfall (£27bn) is how the ‘new’ money has been described. The Defra statement is set out below. Three elements begin to emerge: The flood infrastructure […]

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