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Environment Protection: EU Grants and Loans

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 1st February 2019.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has for replacing the EU’s LIFE and BEST funding programmes after 2020.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Projects funded under the LIFE and BEST programmes have played an important role in helping to implement environment policy in the UK and its overseas territories. Securing a negotiated departure from the EU would ensure that UK organisations could continue to access LIFE and BEST funding until the end of 2020. The UK Government has guaranteed to underwrite the funding for agreed LIFE and BEST projects led by UK organisations in the event of the funding from the EU stopping in a ‘no deal’ situation. Beyond this, decisions on public funding for environment projects will be taken as part of the next Spending Review.

Our 25 Year Environment Plan makes clear that public funding will continue to play an important role in protecting and enhancing our natural environment, including in our overseas territories.

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