National Trust responds to Government's Spending Review

Press release
Birds flying over Sheffield Park in East Sussex
Published : 25 Nov 2020

Read our reaction to the Government's Spending Review, Wednesday 25 November 2020.

Hilary McGrady, Director-General at the National Trust said: 

“This year has shown how important nature and green space are to people. While we welcome confirmation that climate change and the environment remain an important priority for Government, we’ve not seen the long term funding commitment to deliver the bold changes we need. That means independently determined, long-term funding that rewards public goods and environmental improvements at the heart of the new agricultural system, along with boosted funding for environmental agencies and local authorities to put the Environment Bill into action at a local level.”

"Restoring nature, creating green spaces for people to enjoy, and making the best use out of existing buildings and heritage, all go hand in hand with combatting climate change and supporting a green recovery. We welcome the announcements of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the new Levelling Up Fund, which we hope will provide opportunities to invest in these areas to support local growth. However, overall this Spending Review does not commit sufficient funding to these priorities, which would lock in much bigger returns for green jobs and a green economy."