The UK’s mini-budget a full attack on nature says the RSPB

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The UK’s mini-budget is a full attack on the country’s nature and natural spaces according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

A tweet posted by the organisation on Saturday, September 24 held no punches as it accused the Tory government under the leadership of Prime Minister Liz Truss of attacking the island’s nature.

Accusing the government of abandoning habitat regulations introduced by the EU with the sole intention of protecting wildlife.

Abandoning these rules and going for growth anywhere and at all costs the organisation says will further endanger an already declining and under threat wildlife. In particular, they have levelled criticism at the government’s plans to use protected and sensitive areas for further development including enterprise zones (EPZ’s) that allow businesses to trade free of taxes.

They continue saying: “Rather than once again attacking them, we need the UK Government to accept that they are vital and invest in the additional protections nature really needs. Only then can we drive nature’s recovery – a goal the UK Government has committed to domestically and globally, having set a legally binding commitment to halt the decline of wildlife by 2030.

“However, if the Government pursues the course we have heard described today and rips up these laws, it is effectively abandoning this promise.  

“Fundamentally what is being proposed fails to understand not only the love people in this country have for the nation’s wildlife, but the fundamental point that a healthy environment is vital in underpinning the nation’s own social and economic wellbeing. This was described clearly in the Government’s own findings on the relationship between nature and economy the Dasgupta Review.”

The RSPB is not the only organisation to criticise the budget for its unashamed support of the wealthy and big business, but it is the first to say that the UK’s mini-budget is a full attack on nature.


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Peter McLaren-Kennedy

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    • M

      24 September 2022 • 14:36

      Natural land is needed by all manner of animals and insects, and also acts as a natural filter for pollution, the UK’s drive to concrete over what appears to be an overcrowded country is a real travesty. It all come down to the fact that, not just in the UK but other countries as well suffer from career politicians who have no practical experience to take pragmatic decisions. Politics and the far reaching implications that their decisions impact would be better served by people that are called to politics through a personal need to change things for the better, rather than people who enter politics with the sole purpose it being a carreer path. readers should judge the actions of the people who represent them and decide which bracket they fall into?

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