A new report says that aligning farm subsidies with the water sector spend would keep costs down. In the report, From blue to green: how to get the best for the environment from spending on water, the Green Alliance is calling for the UK’s new post-Brexit farm subsidy scheme to be better aligned with water companies’ […]

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The Government has promised a consultation on principles in its publication of the 25 year plan. An environmental net gain principle would be particularly helpful. Environmental net gain in practice The Government’s 25 year Environment Plan published in January includes a key commitment to embed an ‘environmental net gain’ principle for development, including housing and […]

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Creagh questions approach to Brexit and the environment Brexit and its impact on the environment dominated the agenda at the Kit Strange Memorial lecture yesterday, as shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh criticised the government’s handling of the environmental impacts. Mrs Creagh pointed to the November budget, where Phillip Hammond announced plans to investigate how the […]

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Defra, the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Rural Payments Agency are developing a scheme under the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) called the Water Environment Grant (WEG) to fund improvements to the water environment. The proposed scheme is being designed to support delivery of projects that are currently funded through the Water Environment […]

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