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Reactions to today’s Budget

Green nuggets in the Budget but not the Green Recovery hoped for - Wildlife and Countryside Link

Responding to today’s Budget, Richard Benwell, CEO of Wildlife and Countryside Link, said: “Today, the Chancellor has offered some green nuggets, but not the green recovery hoped for. He has not announced the investment or fiscal incentives needed to develop low-carbon and nature-positive sectors, which both have a huge potential for regional growth and long-term jobs. While a new green focus to the Bank of England’s remit is a positive move, we also need a sustained and substantial long-term investment plan from central Government for the natural environment. This must incorporate the recommendations of the Dasgupta Review commissioned by the Treasury, in order to meet climate and nature recovery commitments. Creating a legally binding target for nature’s recovery is also vital. This would drive private sector investment in natural infrastructure, create green jobs, and ensure that the natural assets our economy relies on are in good condition.”

Nature groups say that significant and sustained investment in improving our natural world is needed to tackle both the nature and climate crises, and to support a green economic recovery from the pandemic. This should include:

Posted on: 03 March 2021

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