Mar 11, 2020

Budget 2020: Mixed reaction on environmental issues

Plans for the roads programme could be challenged in the courts for breaching the UK's laws on climate change. Environmental groups recently scored a successful appeal against the Heathrow expansion scheme, which had failed to take climate policies into account. The Chancellor has also boosted the preservation of peat bogs and woodlands by confirming £640m for a new Nature for Climate Fund. Green campaigners say Mr Sunak's road building programme is totally at odds with measures to protect the climate because it will induce more traffic on to the roads. For a Budget promising to prioritise climate change, there is one notable absentee policy - insulating Britain's 40 million homes so they don't waste energy.

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