Defra set for '5 years of scrutiny' as MPs raise concerns over environment policy
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) looks set to enter a "five-year period of scrutiny" after MPs this week raised concerns over the Department's ability to deliver on key flood protection, air pollution and animal welfare strategies.
Defra strengthens natural capital commitment with Committee reform
Defra has strengthened its efforts to improve England's natural capital by reforming a six-member strong Natural Capital Committee (NCC) which will spearhead the implementation of the Department's 25-year environmental plan.
Waste managers lament Defra's 'utterly depleted' five-year plan
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has criticised the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for delivering a "highly disappointing" five-year environmental policy plan which contains a distinct lack of commitments on the reduction of UK waste.
Environment Agency chairman resigns after heavy criticism
Environment Agency (EA) chairman Sir Philip Dilley has today (11 January) stepped down from his post, after being heavily criticised for being on holiday in Barbados while severe flooding affected much of the country.
Re-shaped Defra vows to make Britain a global leader in farming
Environment Secretary Liz Truss has today (6 January) vowed to make Britain a global leader in sustainable farming by announcing improved flood defences, increased agricultural investment and greater risk-response capabilities as part of a shake-up for the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).