Welsh Labour Ministers slammed for lacklustre approach on the implementation of an environmental governance body
The Welsh Conservatives have accused Labour Ministers of dragging their feet when it comes to the issue of an environmental governance body.
In a letter to the Climate Change, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, the First Minister suggested that Wales could have to wait until 2026 for the establishment of an environmental governance body.
The Welsh Conservatives have called for the Labour Government in Cardiff Bay to implement an Independent Office for Environmental Protection in Wales in order to hold public bodies to account in protecting the environment.
Figures obtained by the Welsh Conservatives have revealed that the Interim Environmental Protection Assessor receives an astounding £425 a day.
Commenting on the news, Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Janet Finch-Saunders MS said:
“I am deeply disappointed to see that we could be waiting until 2026 to see an environmental governance body.
“The situation in Wales is simply unacceptable considering the fact that Scotland, England and Northern Ireland all have permanent bodies in place while this Labour Government is content to rely on interim measures.
“Labour Ministers need to stop dragging their feet and bring forward a Bill to create an Independent Office for Environmental Protection in Wales.”