21 Mar '12, 10am

Green Budget 2012 – As it happens - 21 Mar 2012 - News from BusinessGreen via @businessgreen

No confirmation as yet from Defra as to whether more details will be announced today, but it would give Osborne great cover against the charge that he is anti-environment and committed to trashing the natural habitats. Just as the Office of Budget Responsibility gives him independent analysis of fiscal decisions and the Committee on Climate Change provides reassurance the government has to think about climate change, the NCC would allow ministers to claim all decisions, even those that look like they trash the environment, have been independently assessed. That is the cynical take (and expect the green groups to be pushing it). The flip side is that an NCC with real clout could have a huge impact. As the government has found on climate change, an independent monitor and adviser has real authority. Moreover, as the influential TEEB ecosystems report has shown, any assessmen...

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