National Parks funding announcement welcomed

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1st March 2023

National Parks funding announcement welcomed- with appeal for long term support

The Secretary of State for the Environment, Therese Coffey announced today that National Parks in England will receive an additional one-off payment this financial year to support their increasing costs.

Responding to the announcement, Andrew McCloy, chair of National Parks England said:

“Today’s announcement is welcome news. At a time when our National Parks are facing a real term reduction in Government grant, this additional funding is desperately needed.”

“It will provide some short-term help to address significant financial pressures, with cuts to staff and services in a number of National Parks already a reality.”

“National Parks account for almost 10% of England’s land area and have ambitious plans to deliver on Government targets for nature, climate and public access.”

“We have been calling for the powers and resources needed to achieve this ambition. It’s vital that today’s announcement for this one-off funding is backed up by a commitment to support our National Parks in the long term.”

ENDS


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For further information please contact: National Parks England - enquiries@nationalparksengland.org.uk

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