Sets out the findings of the 2013 triennial review of the Environment Agency (EA) and Natural England (NE).
The Cabinet Office requires Non-Departmental Public Bodies to be reviewed every 3 years by their parent department.
This review considered how Environment Agency (EA) and Natural England (NE) can continue to deliver the government’s priorities for the environment with improved resilience in the face of current and future environmental and economic challenges.
The review concluded that the EA and NE should be retained as separate public bodies with separate purposes and functions, but that both bodies should continue to reform how they deliver their services to their customers and drive further efficiencies.
The report of the review is accompanied by a full assessment of the bodies’ compliance with the principles of good corporate governance.
The Joint Action Plan is a combined response to triennial review recommendations as well as feedback from customers and partners. It was was developed in consultation with Defra and other government departments and published in December 2013. A non-executive joint sub-group of the two organisations’ boards will oversee the implementation of the plan. A progress report on the implementation of the review is due to be published in June 2014.