The Chancellor’s statement to Parliament on 25 November included an announcement that Defra’s budget for 2021/22 was increasing by almost £1 billion.  This increased budget:

  • Ensures total farm support in England of £2.415 billion in 2021/22 to meet the government’s manifesto commitment to maintain the current annual budget to farmers.
  • Provides more than £90 million for the Nature for Climate Fund.
  • Increases funding in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Provides exceptional multi-year provision for flood and coastal defence.
  • Ensures funding for fisheries is maintained in line with the government’s manifesto commitment in 2021/22.
  • Provides support to implement flagship Environment Bill measures including biodiversity net gain for development, creating new legally binding environmental targets, and the Office for Environmental Protection.