Set up a new independent Office For Environmental Protection
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Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.43
We will set up a new independent Office For Environmental Protection and introduce our own legal targets, including for air quality.
- This is a promise to establish a new, independent legal body, the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP), to “support environmental protection and hold government to account” when the UK has fully exited the EU.
- The legislation to create the OEP is contained in the Environment Bill, currently progressing through Parliament, but on 1 March 2021 the government announced that the OEP will begin operating on an interim basis from July 2021, ahead of its formal establishment. The new body has begun recruitment to fill posts.
- Some groups have suggested government amendments to the Environment Bill undermine the independence of the OEP, and Labour MPs opposed many amendments at the Commons committee stage, but with plans announced to launch the OEP on an interim basis and jobs within it being advertised, this policy is certainly ‘in progress’.
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