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RSPB’s reaction to the Spring Budget statement by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt

RSPB's reaction to the Spring Budget statement by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt

Katie-jo Luxton, the RSPB’s director of conservation, said: “The nature and climate crisis won’t be fixed by short-term thinking and today’s Spring Budget is yet another missed opportunity from the UK Government.

“Over half of our economy is dependent on nature – it pollinates our crops, provides us with raw materials, and gives us clean air and water. But rather than laying the foundations for future economic prosperity by investing in nature’s recovery, today’s budget is more short-termism and ignores the fact that investment today will reduce the costs of inaction later.

“The last State of Nature report showed how fragile our natural world has become, with one in six species at risk of extinction from Great Britain. Nature can’t wait, and to have a chance of meeting our legally binding nature recovery targets we need a rapid shift in the urgency and scope of UK Government action.”