Stop this license to pollute

License to pollute

Government plans to cut 1,500 Environment Agency jobs  -  around 15% of the workforce – will create a license to pollute, warns UNISON.

But you can do something about it by urging your MP to sign Early Day Motion 947 on the Environment Agency budget, proposed by former UNISON president and Blaydon MP Dave Anderson. If you’re not sure who your MP is you can find out on the They Work for You website.

Fewer staff means a reduction in investigations, clean-ups and prosecutions and increases the risk of dangerous chemicals and pollutants finding their way into our lakes, rivers and our natural environment.

The motion also warns that the cuts will expose us all to greater hazards and increased flood risk, make it harder for the agency to respond to emergencies and will mean staff have less chance of preventing incidents from happening.

House of Commons: EDM947: Enviornment Agency Budget (link opens in new window)

They Work for Your – MPs (link opens in new window)

UNISON campaign postcard